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The Death of a Terrorist: Osama Bin Laden Is Dead

Updated on May 2, 2011

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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      Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      OpinionDuck, when you say "even if we believe that OBL is dead," it suggests to me that you find his death to be suspect. I would find it a bit surprising to find you in that conspiracy league.

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      OpinionDuck 6 years ago

      Question, even if we believe that OBL is dead and buried in the water, how do you pick the spot to put OBL in the water?

      What procedures were followed in the burial at sea scenario?

      In any case, the GPS coordinates would be known.

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      Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      Psychicdog, I hope so as well. Unfortunately I think there are many more on that side of the world who think that way. We'd be right as a nation to not throw caution to the wind. Good riddance to one big, bad guy. The question now is, who will vie for his spot? And should we fear that person more? What big event might propel that person to that spot? Grave questions.

      Drbj, exactly. But we'll have to remain vigilant. One dead terrorist doesn't necessarily spell the death of terroism.

      Wesman, glad to provide something new. :) I've been away from this thing sooo long, and I'm not fully back. But I'm working my way to it. I really am. I have so much catching up to do reading hubs as well. Time can be a real pain in the kiester at times. lol. Glad you were able to stop in for a read.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      ?"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." --Martin Luther King, Jr

      Sorry if you find me "preachy" about this - I'm really just glad to see a new Springboard hub!

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, Jim, for a solid, well-written piece on Bin Laden's demise. One less terrorist in the world and hopefully, a brighter future for us all.

    • profile image 6 years ago

      I don't rejoice over anyone's death but how someone could carry out and believe what he did on 9/11 to innocent people was justified is beyond me - I hope that kind of thinking is also dead.

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      Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      Pop and Pamela, indeed.

      Hmmr, you bring up a solid point. We didn't kill the terrorISTS. We killed just one. Granted, a top one. But really doesn't that just mean there'll be some folks in the Al Qaeda camp that will be falling over each other trying to take his spot? This isn't like killing an ant colony queen and the whole brood dying off by default. We'll need to be even more on our toes going forward from this point on. What's more, anyone clamoring for the top spot might really want to go all out to make a name for himself. That's a bit of a scary thought, and something not to lose sight of. Thanks for stopping by.

      Dim and Duke, thank you. :) I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      Dahoglund...and I suppose I'm okay with that for the most part. If it were "my guy" and he got the job done and got credit for it I'd probably defend that despite who ultimately did (or does) the legwork. The best part is that Osama Bin Laden has been taken out. But yes, BIG, BIG, BIG kudos to our military, intelligence agencies, and of course the US Navy Seals.

      Tom, suffice it to say, I second that emotion. ;)

      CMerrit, unfortunately I think Obama's speech made it into a bit of a platform. By the way, is it just me, or does the guy talk like he's asleep? I don't know. For all the great touting that he's this great orator I just never have seen it. He might have the words. But his voice sounds like a drone (of course not the flying kind).

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      dukeny21 6 years ago

      Well said. USA

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      Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

      Briliant job done here. Thank you very much.

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      Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Springboard, a day for celebration and a big sigh of relief but it's the first day of the next step in the long march of the war on terrorism. We have to hitch up our rucks and keep moving forward.

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      I think many of us had the same idea today as we are overjoyed that Osama is dead. It is a glorious day!

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      God Bless America!

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      With all my heart, I am thrilled and elatated. This sends a loud message throughout this world, if we declare vegence, we WILL not rest until we get it.

      Obama, being the Commander-in-Chief, deserves a reasonable amount of credit....but, those who have served and are currently serving should be held in the highest regards, and saluted with the most honor.

      But this does not eradicate the mess that this POTUS has led us in over the course of his tenure. We still have sever economic issues, immigration issues and energy issues that needs dire leadership. The death of Bin Laden is a victory by ALL AMERICANS...DEM OR REPUB...and it is a great running board to try to draw Americans together once again....IF, this POTUS can keep this from being about politics.

      With all that said, I salute our Soldiers.

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      Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Good riddance scumbag!!!!!!!!!!

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Presidents always get credit for anything that happens on their watch. that's just the way it is.The CIA and military are the real ones to get the job done in this case.