After Nearly A Decade Long Pursuit, Bin Laden Killed By U.S. Military
Last night around 10:30 CST, we learned of Osama Bin Laden’s death by U.S. Military Special Forces attack. The U.S. Government waited for confirmation of Bin Laden’s death using DNA Testing.
Bin Laden was located in what was described as a “large home” surrounded by other, smaller homes in a compound located just 40 miles outside of Pakistan’s capital. (This alone raises other questions about Bin Laden’s support by the Pakistani Government that we’ll deal with during another column.)
Reportedly, a small group of Special Forces using two attack helicopters landed within the compound and managed to overtake it in less than 40 minutes. One report indicates that special forces were “eye to eye” with Bin Laden at the end of the firefight and ordered him to surrender. Bin Laden refused and was killed in the ensuing, last exchange.
How was the United States able to confirm via DNA testing? Just over Two years ago, Bin Laden’s sister died in a New York City Hospital. One of the Bush Administration’s Justice Department acts was to obtain a court order for her brain, to be used to confirm Osama Bin Laden’s death if and when it happened.
Is the world a safer place today than it was yesterday, before we learned of the mastermind of 9/11/01’s death? I think that remains to be seen. There is no doubt however that Al Qaeda is weaker as a result, and their ability to pull off a terrorist attack in the United States is greatly diminished.
The attack of Sept. 11th, 2001 was between five and six years in the making. Our “immediate safety” no doubt is better, but in every terrorist organization as federated as Al Qaeda is, there is very likely a number two ready to step up.
For today however, we as American’s should celebrate this victory in the War on Terror that President George W. Bush courageously undertook, and forced (that’s right, forced) Barack Hussein Obama to complete. Even Obama last night had to admit the War on Terror was a success despite his proclamations in 2008 as Candidate Obama that it was a failure.
As we celebrate today, I ask one thing of you: when you see someone in a MILITARY uniform, please congratulate them on their dogged, nearly ten year long pursuit of the worlds most famous terrorist and their successful elimination of him.
Well Done and Thank You!