Today is the day that some healing comes to America. This is one time I wish I didn’t live in small town Nevada – it would have been great to be in a larger city to join with other Americans in celebrating justice for the 9-11 attacks.
While I will never forget the words of President Obama condemning much of the War on Terror, he is to be commended for continuing the hunt for Usama bin Laden after becoming president. He should also be given praise for having patience as the CIA carefully gathered information over the past 4 years.
But the bulk of the praise and honor should be reserved for those who carried out the mission. Reports are that the raid lasted about 40 minutes. I’ve lived a blessed, safe life and cannot imagine being in such danger for 40 minutes. Even after a helicopter had mechanical problems, jeopardizing a safe extraction, the decision was made to continue the mission. This shows extreme bravery.
No Americans were killed. And no one outside bin Laden‘s compound was killed. When the US military is permitted to plan operations according to military science, without political considerations, they are almost impossible to beat. American military technology (surveillance, weapons and personnel training) contributes to low military deaths and very little collateral damage.
In some ways it’s too bad bin Laden was not taken alive. There is no joy in the death of any person. But bin Laden made choices years ago that had consequences. Some reports say he was given the chance to surrender but refused. If so, in the end, this choice was his also.
America did something few other countries would do in this situation: a dignified burial for our enemy. So many soldiers and sailors have died in the last nine and a half years, it may have been difficult for personnel on the U.S.S. Carl Vinson to carry out these orders. But personal feelings were put aside to maintain our country’s honor.
The death of Usama bin Laden does not end the threat of terrorism. We need to be alert to the possibility of retaliation. But overall the world is a safer place.