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Osama bin Laden is Dead. by The Elephant's Child
May 1, 2011, 9:28 pm
Filed under: History, Islam, Military, Terrorism | Tags: , ,

Good. Killed in a covert operation by US special forces. America reportedly has his body, and DNA confirmation.

No celebration. Just a sense of satisfaction that the long search is over.  And congratulations to our splendid military who have tried for so long to locate him.

It’s more like checking a necessary task off the ledger. We don’t need to review his unfortunate life. That’s done, let’s get on to the next problem.

ADDENDUM: Here is the statement from President George W. Bush:

“Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001.  I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission.  They have our everlasting gratitude.  This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001.  The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message:  No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.”

President Barack Obama deserves credit as well, for maintaining the difficult battle in Afghanistan  and the pursuit of bin Laden, over the objections of many of his supporters. That wasn’t easy.

[ed: incorrectly reports initially claimed it was a bomb, since corrected.]

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Finally, justice is done upon that black-hearted SOB!


Comment by bgwillia

“No celebration”? Here’s what’s going on in New York and Washington, DC:

Will this be the death knell of Al Qaeda? Somehow I doubt it. As you say, “checking a necessary task off the ledger.” But vigilance will still be needed for many more years, I fear.


Comment by Subsidy Eye

We’re not celebrating, though deeply pleased. I do love seeing the New York City firemen celebrating. They deserve it! I haven’t read much about how big the al Qaeda organization is, nor how extensive their leadership. I haven’t read as much about Islam as I should have. They have put out travelers’ warnings in case there are Muslim uprisings. I don’t know if anyone knows what to expect. Apparently it was not a bomb, but a small special forces group and a firefight, and he was shot.


Comment by The Elephant's Child

Subsidy, she knows all about the celebrations taking place, we were learning of this on twitter over an hour before the president even announced it. I believe she was talking about her own mood.


Comment by American Elephant


My my, we’re quick to come to the defense of Elephant’s Child. I thought she was an adult, able to respond to comments herself.

In any case it wasn’t criticism of her, just pointing out that there were indeed celebrations going on elsewhere.

Personally, I share Elephant Child’s reticence to overtly celebrate. I won’t be judgmental about the New Yorkers and Washingtonians, however, as it was their cities that were attacked. But some of the displays jubilation make me cringe.

If Bin Landen could have been captured instead, and put on trial, that would have been a better outcome. But I suppose that was not feasible, given his desire to die a martyr.


Comment by Subsidy Eye

World-wide alert just issued by the U.S. State Department:

The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad to the enhanced potential for anti-American violence given recent counter-terrorism activity in Pakistan. Given the uncertainty and volatility of the current situation, U.S. citizens in areas where recent events could cause anti-American violence are strongly urged to limit their travel outside of their homes and hotels and avoid mass gatherings and demonstrations. U.S. citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times. This Travel Alert expires August 1, 2011.

U.S. Embassy operations in affected areas will continue to the extent possible under the constraints of any evolving security situation. U.S. government facilities worldwide remain at a heightened state of alert. These facilities may temporarily close or periodically suspend public services to assess their security posture. In those instances, U.S. Embassies and Consulates will make every effort to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens abroad are urged to monitor the local news and maintain contact with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.


Comment by Subsidy Eye

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