The outpouring of joy at the elimination of one of the deadliest terrorist masterminds was spontaneous and often rowdy, strongly resembling the sort of triumphant shouting that accompanies sports events. In fact, Slate’s Brian Palmer actually traced the origins of the ubiquitous chanting of “U-S-A!” back to America’s 1975 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics swimming championships, before the US lost to Canada, and to the 1976 Olympic ice hockey event, after the Americans defeated the Finnish team.Those responsible for the most boisterous behavior appeared to be young. In Washington, DC, troupes of college students from nearby American University, George Washington University, George Mason and other schools ran, or skated, or literally skipped toward 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to celebrate. A similar scene was repeated in New York City’s Times Square, where a predominantly young crowd, many of whom must have been little children on September 11, 2001, sang ecstatically to tunes including Bruce Springsteen’s (anti-war) “Born in the USA” and Miley Cyrus’s (vacuous) “Party in the USA,” and waved the American flag.Osama bin Laden’s demise is, undoubtedly, an important achievement for the US and its partners in the struggle against terrorism – the successful culmination of a nearly decade-long chase, and a reconfirmation of American power in a country that has suffered several recent military and economic blows to its self-confidence. That bin Laden’s death was brought about by US Navy SEALs – and the chance that recognition of this was the evil man’s last thought – might bring some small consolation to Americans who lost relatives and loved ones to his terrorism, in action in the ongoing ground offensive in Afghanistan, or in Pakistan, where he was finally located.