ALEXANDRIA, La, May 1, 2011 — 9:30 p.m. - Every news service interrupted regular programming to announce the news that Osama bin Laden died as a result of an American military operation, and Americans have possession of his remains.
What does this mean? First, the events of 9/11 are now vindicated as a result of an American Military Operation that caused the demise of this most-wanted terrorist.
Second, perhaps more importantly, the demise of bin Laden testifies to the effectiveness of American intelligence operations, and our willingness to work with other nations to bring terrorists to justice.
News reports from NBC news highlight the events leading up to this major announcement, and the fact that it is thought that Osama bin Laden was killed in Islamabad, Pakistan.
According to ABC News, DNA testing confirmed the remains are those of Osama bin Laden.
President Obama will address the citizens of the United States, and ultimately the world, in approximately ten minutes (10:30 p.m. central time).
He is to explain the events leading up to the attack that ended bin Laden’s life.
Many questions remain, most importantly, what, if any, effect the death of bin Laden will have on future terrorist attacks throughout the world.
This was a world-wide fight, and American Military forces did not complete this operation alone. It was a unified, cohesive operation. However, it once again proves that, by working together, nations can stop terrorist leaders.
9:40 p.m. Synopsis of President Obama’s speech to the American people, and the world:
President Obama confirmed tonight (around 9:40 p.m. central time) that today, May 1, 2011, an American CIA operation resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. Members of the CIA worked on information that Bin Laden was in Islamabad, Pakistan, information later confirmed by the CIA and U.S. Military.
President Obama approved the operation today. A firefight ensued, resulting in the DNA-confirmed death of bin Laden. No Americans died during this operation.
President Obama praised the cooperation of the Pakistan government and their collaboration in this action. In his remarks, President Obama remembered all the victims of terrorist attacks, reminding them that at no time were the sacrifices of the victims, families and loved ones forgotten.
Speaking on the attacks of 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, President Obama delivered the Sunday announcement from the White House, announcing that:
“Justice has been done,” Mr. Obama says. “His demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.”
On Facebook, President George Bush stated:
“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.”
Today is a huge milestone in the fight against terrorism. Not only that, it is also a testament to the fact that individuals working on this operation kept all the information secret so that the operation could be successful.
Many questions remain, but today is a day for remembering not only those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but also remembering the sacrifices of the men and women of our military who carried out this operation and all those operations that led up to the monumentous event.
No one knows that will happen in the days to come, but, for now, it is enough to know that no longer will Osama Bin Laden dictate the acts of terror that plague not only the United States, but countries world-wide.
Thank you, to all the men and women of every nation, who participated in this operation. Your efforts prove that, working together, we can bring terrorist leaders to justice.
Carla Ledbetter is a writer, author and contributor to Washington Times Communities.
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