The first time I visited New York was three days after 9/11 - there was still a huge plume of dust and smoke rising from Ground Zero.
Last week I visited Ground Zero again, just days after bin Laden's death. It's not given closure to the pain of that attack, but it felt to me that the killing of bin Laden had helped to draw a line.
I was struck by how little triumphalism was on display in the city. There were some 'Obama got Osama' T-shirts for sale, but you had to look hard to find them. And I had to scour even further to find these 'Mission Accomplished: 05 01 11' badges, themselves a fairly restrained commentary on the operation against the ObL compound in Abbottabad.
The only, and I do mean only, celebratory placard on display near Ground Zero was in the name of - wait for it - the Mumbai branch of the BJP.
Mumbai has also of course suffered immensely at the hands of jihadi attackers. And the wording of the sign is hardly inflammatory. Still, to me it struck an awkward note.
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