As many of us began to prepare to get all tucked into our beds last night the shocking news sent many of us to our feet as we heard reports of Osama bin Laden’s death. As news reports flooded every stream of media, many American’s rushed to rally in solidarity outside the White House and the sight of the tragic attacks on the World Trade Center, while others crowded around their TV’s, radio’s, or computers as the details of bin Laden’s death began to surface.
It’s been almost 10 years since the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, which cost the lives of some 3,000 Americans. Osama bin Laden’s death is the outcome of U.S. and allied forces persistence to fight injustice. The death of the man, criminal, held most responsible for the 9-11 attacks, was the direct result of unrelenting U.S. intelligence and the two U.S. Navy SEAL units whose actions were ordered by President Barack Obama yesterday. Following presidentially led orders the team of 40 Navy SEALS took hold of a large fortress in Abbottabad, Pakistan early Sunday morning…details of the attack and death of bin Laden are still emerging.
As the determined leader of Al Qaeda, bin Laden, not only declared war on the United States, but also one on our global civilization who seek peace and equal rights for all. This long over due news of his death is bittersweet to the families and loved ones of his victims on 9-11 and all who have diligently served in the war against terror and oppression. This news leaves us all with a moment for which we can unite regardless of religion or race, from every corner of the globe in gratitude to all who have sought peace, justice and human rights.
However this news, while unprecedentedly victorious, will undoubtedly leave a deep cut in the power of al Qaeda’s forces and the fight against terrorism, is not the end to this nearly decade long fight. The al Qaeda’s reign is not over and there unquestionably many more battles to be won in the fight for freedom. Nonetheless today gives us a much needed light to see that the end of this war is coming closer.
It is not only the courageous SEAL teams who carried out the deadly operation give our gratitude to, but also the hundreds of thousands who answered the call of duty following the 9-11 attacks to fight at the forefront in the war against bin Laden and al Qaeda. These brave men and women are the ones whose daily sacrifice was made to defend our country and individual freedoms, many of whom who made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives, should all remain forever in our grace. It is thus for these everyday heroes and their families that we must use today as that of not only a day of celebration, but also one of remembrance.