News Bulletin: Osama Bin Laden Dead!
Late May 1st, 2011, the announcement was made in our country. This may go down as one of those events that takes place where you will always remember exactly what you were doing when it happened. It may give you goosebumps for years to come. It may allow you to crack a smile or even sleep a little better at night. For some, this may bring some sort of closure in their lives. As I see it, you only get a handful of moments that rewrite history books in your lifetime. This may very well be one of those times.
Nearly a decade has passed since September 11th, 2001. However, the sights and sounds still resonate in our lives. Over 3,000 people were killed in the attacks on the United States at the World Trade Center in New York, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and The Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Family members, friends, colleagues, fathers, mothers, children, and siblings. They were all taken from our lives in a terroristic event that has shaped our country today. Behind these heinous attacks was a terrorist group, al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda has been linked to multiple attacks around the world. Osama bin Laden was the leader of this group. He was the mind behind all the terror. He was the one who provided the leadership and power in this group of terror. So, it was President Barak Obama who vowed to bring him justice as he ran for the United States President. He promised to take out Osama bin Laden. He followed through.
President Obama made a statement letting the country in on the exact happenings. He stated that he ordered a targeted attack on a location that was said to have Bin Laden on the premises. He had been planning this attack for a while thanks to information he had been receiving. The location was not in the mountains, caves or even woods like most had thought. Bin Laden was “hiding in plain sight,” as one CNN reporter exclaimed. Osama bin Laden was staying at a million dollar resort like compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans lead a strike at the compound and took part in a firefight. No Americans or civilians were injured during the strike. It is said to have taken out Bin Laden, two other men, believed to be his brother and one of his sons, and a woman who were with him. The group is said to be part navy seals, special forces and other soldiers. The strike was a night-time helicopter raid that ended in the body of Osama Bin Laden being taken into custody. They then buried Bin Laden’s body at sea within 24 hours in respect of religious beliefs. For more information on the strike and the group that led it, click here.
The news rang out approximately at 11:00 PM EST. President Obama made a statement of the news around 11:20 PM EST emphasizing terms like ‘justice’, ‘united’, and ‘resolve’. A powerful speech that will define the President’s term. He spoke of 9/11. He talked of the information he received. He spoke of the operation that he sent and the courage of the Americans that acted out the operation. He also stated that Osama bin Laden was a “mass-murderer” and that this news should be “welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.” The speech can be seen here:
This is a major event that will be added into history books. Things that are of this magnitude rarely happen in our lifetime. When these events take place, you remember everything about the moment. You remember who you were with. You remember the time of day. You remember exactly what you were doing. As we sat on the couch and watched the Philadelphia Phillies play the New York Mets on Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN, it happened. Dan Shulman made the announcement, Osama bin Laden had been killed. Shortly thereafter, the entire stadium heard the news. Mets fans, Phillies fans, and even workers began to chant “U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!” Chills ran down our spines. It is a sight that I will never forget. The stadium’s reaction can be seen here:
As we changed the channel to CNN for the actual announcement, they showed breathtaking video. It displayed thousands and thousands of Americans. They were gathering outside of the White House. They were gathering in Time Square. They gathered at Ground Zero. American flags, celebration, singing, signs, cameras, Ipads and pure jubilation were seen at these sites. Students poured in from the surrounding Universities, firefighters lined the streets of New York, husbands kissed their wives, fathers woke their children, and families who lost loved ones on 9/11 reflected with a tear and a smile. Just straight celebration for this important moment in United States history. All of these are scenes that I will never forget. The celebration occurred late on a Sunday night and continued into the early morning.
This will not lead to world peace. However, it is a step in the right direction. A CNN reporter stated that we had “cut the head off the snake,” and I truly believe that. When you take out a leader, the rest seem to lose focus. If it doesn’t end al-Qaeda, it sure threw a wrench in their gears. This is a major victory in the War Against Terror, and we have the United States military to thank. Their courage is astounding and should never be overlooked. May 1st, 2011 will always be remembered as a great day for our country, and the world.