Osama Bin Laden
Osama Bin Laden is "Dead" - again.
As many know already last night the White House said Obama would be making a late-night statement but they did not announce the topic that he was to discuss.
Speculation started flowing all over the social networks that maybe it was Muammar Muhammad al-Gaddafi had been killed. But, then just a few minutes before 10:30 pm, someone mentioned it may be Osama Bin Laden (OBL) too. In fact Geraldo of Fox News Channel also mentioned OBL as well.
At 10:40 pm est. Geraldo announced that "Senior Capitol Hill producer Chad Pergram confirms Osama bin Laden is dead."
It was first reported by some news stations that Osama Bin Laden was killed last week and it took a week to positively confirm his ID, dispose of his body, and notify the nation. If that were true then this would have been true "Bin Laden killed on Easter, the day Christ rose from the dead. Evil always loses!" But according to POTUS "Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body." read more »
The inevitable has taken place. Osama bin Laden has been killed by American forces. The details are still limited but as reported by FOX News, bin Laden was killed in a firefight on the ground in Pakistan. It is reported that no Americans were injured during the firefight that took bin Laden’s life. As I type this column I can hear the celebrations outside my window here in the heartland of Kansas. Celebrating the death of bin Laden calls for a short discussion on how Americans should act in the aftermath of the U.S. military operation in which a human life was taken. When it comes to the death of the nation’s number one terrorist, Americans should celebrate, should be happy. Allow me to expand on this line of thinking.
There are no illusions that the death of bin Laden will end attempts by terrorists to attack America. For some time terrorists have been trying, and at times succeeding, in acts of terrorism around the world. Many of these acts have been conducted without any input by bin Laden. The death of bin Laden will not end terrorism. With that said, the symbolic nature of bin Laden to terrorists has been twofold. The first being the successful attack on America he orchestrated on September 11, 2001, and the second being this terrorist’s ability to evade American forces. Bin Laden’s evasion from justice has had consequences on America and other countries as he continued to release periodical threat messages that received world coverage. The message to terrorists today with bin Laden’s death is that when you mess with America, it’s just a matter of time before you will be brought to justice. This is a powerful piece of symbolism in America’s favor that will inevitably outweigh attempts to frame bin Laden as a martyr. Now back to celebrating. read more »
This is great news, for a number of very good reasons. The Blighted One will probably try and take credit for the manhunt that was initiated by Obama’s much-maligned predecessor, George Bush. The truth is, and don’t let any of the BS we’re about to hear blasted across the airwaves fool you, that this is the culmination of a manhunt that began on September 11, 2001. It is very much like Obama to take credit for other people’s work… and ideas. No matter, it’s still a great boost to American morale.
We found out how very close we came to bagging him during the combined ops assault on the mountain fortress of Tora Bora in December 2001. Since then, the noose has been slowly tightened by hundreds of special forces operatives and intelligence agents. I’m listening to the Dismal Failure in the White House as I’m writing this and, true to form, it’s ‘I’, ‘Me’ and ‘My’ all over the place. This may turn out to be the one highlight in Obama’s one term (from my keyboard to God’s ears) presidency.
More importantly, it tells every two-bit bad guy out there that if he becomes a big enough pain in the butt we’ll come after you and we’ll kill you. We can expect the Islamists to go ape doo doo over this. Well and good. We may as well let them know that we understand that we are in a war to the death with their seventh century cult of death. read more »
I am sure there are thousands of blogs today with the news that our Nation's number one enemy Osama Bin Laden is dead. That the front pages of every newspaper in America carries this news. What makes it even more satisfying, his death comes at the hand of the United States Military. I don't know how we can ever show our gratitude and thanks to those brave soldiers, but must remember that our brave soldiers don't serve for the glory, they serve our great country to keep all of us safe and protect our freedoms. This is a debt to each and everyone of our service men and women, that I doubt we can ever repay or express the amount of pride that we have for each and every member of the military.
I remember exactly where I was on September 11, 2001. I was standing in my kitchen, the television was on in the living-room with the sound muted. I remember glancing at the television and watching a plane crash into one of the towers of the World Trade Center. I remember thinking that there must have been something wrong with the plane or the pilot, for such an unbelievable mistake to be made. And then the second tower was hit. The Pentagon was hit, and another plane had crashed in Pennsylvania. As the reports began to confirm that this was an act of terrorism, the towers collapsed. I will never forget that moment, it was like you were watching it in slow motion, that this possibly could not be happening in America.
Unfortunately the “War on Terror” is not over. American soil is probably an even bigger target now that we have eliminated their leader. Our diligence to patriotism and freedom cannot waiver in the days ahead. Americans must unite for the safety of our country and do whatever is necessary to be prepared for the undoubted retaliation that will come. It may not come today or tomorrow, but it will come. We are not going to know when, or in what form a terrorist attack in revenge will be attempted. read more »