The Death of a Terrorist: Osama Bin Laden Is Dead
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Heil. Heil. The wicked witch is dead. In an operation that according to all reports took about 40 minutes, US troops finally were able to track down and kill top terror leader, Osama Bin Laden. Of course when I read that news, I must say I found myself in a fair amount of shock. I had to pour over the words at least three or four times. "US Kills Bin Laden." Reading it aloud, hearing the words slip off my tongue, was a bit surreal. But there it was, and it wasn't going away.
My flag, which I took down because of incessant April showers and a couple of strong windy days will be flying today no matter the weather.
I must applaud the efforts of the CIA and of our US military forces. I knew we could do it. Not that I didn't have my doubts about catching Bin Laden just like every other American. And not that I didn't wonder if maybe the guy had already been long dead in a cave somewhere, despite the numerous tapes that had been released since September 11. Somewhere along the way I always figured that we'd at least learn what happened to him. The fact that we shot him makes the news wildly momentous.
The news is momentous in other ways as well. Almost immediately the price of a barrel of oil fell, futures markets rose, and the dollar came up from it's lowest point in the last three years. My guess is that the stock market will probably rally Monday morning at the open.
The fact is that the last ten years being in the US has felt a bit off. Our economy has suffered the worst economic times since the Great Depression. And as Americans it seems we've doubted our place in the world, and I think to some extent we've doubted the ability of our country to get the 'job' done. Our own current president helped that feeling along, I think, in making apology after apology to the rest of the world. At times I had the feeling that perhaps President Obama was making the subtle suggestion to the world that America got attacked because of our own evil ways which someone finally called us on, and he was the wind of change that would right everything that was wrong about America.
Still, Bin Laden is dead. President Obama did call him a terrorist. And President Obama will no doubt get a boost to his electability as a result of the killing of Osama Bin Laden. I won't use this moment as a platform to bash the president. He got our man. That's what counts right now.
Besides helping the president, what else do I think this moment helps? The lifting of the doldrums. This is exactly what the doctor ordered, in my opinion, to help lift the country out of this dark place we've been stuck in for the last ten years. The war is not over, but the war is closer to being over. And having now caught the top terrorist in the world, and the mastermind of the September 11 attacks, America can finally have closure, and we can put this whole matter to bed and move forward into the next era.
This is what we were waiting for. So long as Osama Bin Laden roamed free, the United States could not move on. It's akin to a mother who's daughter had been brutally murdered whose body had never been found. Finding the body and confirming the reality is at least something to provide that comfort of knowing, "It's over."
Might I only take a moment to now suggest more than ever that a victory monument be placed at Ground Zero. One with a wall much like other war memorials where the names of the victims of September 11 are etched, alongside the names of all of our fallen soldiers who gave their lives in the pursuit of those who came to our land one day to kill us. Make no mistake, every single one of these souls is an American hero. That land is sacred, hallowed ground. Now that Osama Bin Laden is dead it deserves to be there as much as the monument in Pearl Harbor deserves to be there. If the president signs on to this, despite all of his failures, I might even consider voting for him myself.
As to the future of America? I think our future has been paved along a brighter path, and I'm looking forward to finally getting on with it.
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