I am finding it hard to fathom why we are calling Obama a hero in the death of a terrorist, Osama Bin Laden. From all the news reports, it seems that it was our great military that carried out the mission, and put their lives on the line to protect each and every one of us.
Don't get me wrong, I am extremely glad that OBL is no longer walking the soil of this earth as the next person. I have to wonder, why now? Is this part of Obama's re-election plan? That he needs to improve his record of leadership and running this country. And what better way to do that then to take out enemy number one.
As Congress returned to Washington, DC yesterday after their two week vacation, there was not one mention on the news about the economy, unemployment, debt-ceiling or the budget.
America's problems still exist Mr. President, and you have probably added some more. We can all cheer that the mastermind of September 11, 2001 has been brought to justice, but this doesn't come without a price. We entered another country without their knowledge and carried out a military operation. Does our Commander-in-Chief not think there will be serious repercussions from this action? So much for foreign policy. I just hope that the hype from the outcome from this military action outweighs the possible fallout.
Bringing one terrorist to justice is not the makings of a great President, nor does it make him a hero. I am sure our Campaigner-in-Chief will ride out the glory in his attempt to be re-elected. Nothing has really changed in his lack of leadership to turn our nation around and be on a road to prosperity, instead of the road that we are on that very soon ends at the edge of a cliff. read more »
The inevitable has taken place. Osama bin Laden has been killed by American forces. The details are still limited but as reported by FOX News, bin Laden was killed in a firefight on the ground in Pakistan. It is reported that no Americans were injured during the firefight that took bin Laden’s life. As I type this column I can hear the celebrations outside my window here in the heartland of Kansas. Celebrating the death of bin Laden calls for a short discussion on how Americans should act in the aftermath of the U.S. military operation in which a human life was taken. When it comes to the death of the nation’s number one terrorist, Americans should celebrate, should be happy. Allow me to expand on this line of thinking.
There are no illusions that the death of bin Laden will end attempts by terrorists to attack America. For some time terrorists have been trying, and at times succeeding, in acts of terrorism around the world. Many of these acts have been conducted without any input by bin Laden. The death of bin Laden will not end terrorism. With that said, the symbolic nature of bin Laden to terrorists has been twofold. The first being the successful attack on America he orchestrated on September 11, 2001, and the second being this terrorist’s ability to evade American forces. Bin Laden’s evasion from justice has had consequences on America and other countries as he continued to release periodical threat messages that received world coverage. The message to terrorists today with bin Laden’s death is that when you mess with America, it’s just a matter of time before you will be brought to justice. This is a powerful piece of symbolism in America’s favor that will inevitably outweigh attempts to frame bin Laden as a martyr. Now back to celebrating. read more »
I am sure there are thousands of blogs today with the news that our Nation's number one enemy Osama Bin Laden is dead. That the front pages of every newspaper in America carries this news. What makes it even more satisfying, his death comes at the hand of the United States Military. I don't know how we can ever show our gratitude and thanks to those brave soldiers, but must remember that our brave soldiers don't serve for the glory, they serve our great country to keep all of us safe and protect our freedoms. This is a debt to each and everyone of our service men and women, that I doubt we can ever repay or express the amount of pride that we have for each and every member of the military.
I remember exactly where I was on September 11, 2001. I was standing in my kitchen, the television was on in the living-room with the sound muted. I remember glancing at the television and watching a plane crash into one of the towers of the World Trade Center. I remember thinking that there must have been something wrong with the plane or the pilot, for such an unbelievable mistake to be made. And then the second tower was hit. The Pentagon was hit, and another plane had crashed in Pennsylvania. As the reports began to confirm that this was an act of terrorism, the towers collapsed. I will never forget that moment, it was like you were watching it in slow motion, that this possibly could not be happening in America.
Unfortunately the “War on Terror” is not over. American soil is probably an even bigger target now that we have eliminated their leader. Our diligence to patriotism and freedom cannot waiver in the days ahead. Americans must unite for the safety of our country and do whatever is necessary to be prepared for the undoubted retaliation that will come. It may not come today or tomorrow, but it will come. We are not going to know when, or in what form a terrorist attack in revenge will be attempted. read more »