5/06/2011

Osama bin Laden - Dead At Last

As basically everyone on the planet must know by now, Osama bin Laden met his destiny in the form of U.S. Navy Seals on May 1, 2011. Purportedly, he was shot twice; once in the head and once in the chest. I guess the Seal team wanted to make sure he was dead. I don't blame them. Once President Obama announced this late Sunday night, wild celebrations broke out all over America. A sense of American pride was shown that I have not seen since September 12, 2001. The best news was that no American troops were killed or captured in the raid. That is something that plagued President Jimmy Carter in the botched raid to rescue American hostages from Iran. That failed attempt encapsulated his entire failed presidency. Many people were starting to compare President Obama to President Carter. I still feel that is a valid comparison. However, at least on this incident, President Obama has set himself far apart from the Carter Presidency.

Of course, the predicted threats of retaliation have come forth from terrorist groups such as al qaeda. However, I think it safe to say al qaeda is not the feared group they once were. Ten years of assassinations, capture of leaders and battlefield deaths have taken their toll. They can still carry out attacks on soft targets such as train depots, malls and possibly sporting events. But, they will never be as strong as they once were. Osama bin Laden was not only their spiritual leader, he was the symbol of Jihad. Now, that is all gone.




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