ALEXANDRIA, La May 1, 2011 - (11:45 pm Central Times) Crowds of jubilant Americans gathered at Ground Zero, Times Square and outside The White House to celebrate the news of Osama bin Laden’s death.
Earlier this evening, at approximately 9:40 p.m. Central time, President Obama verified that an American Military/CIA operation in Pakistan resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.
Cheers of “USA, Yes We Can” filled the air as word spread about bin Laden’s demise. When asked what they thought about the news, most individuals indicated that, although they are overjoyed at the news of bin Laden’s death, most of them did not ever think this day would occur.
Nearly everyone interviewed commented that, although this is a time to celebrate, it is also a time to remember those who died on 9/11.
News reporters commented on the fact that for many, many weeks, those individuals working on the operation did NOT leak any information to outsiders. Given the fact that this occured in Washington, D.C., this was truly a remarkable occurrence.
Throughout the celebration, news cameras flashed to the celebrations at Times Square, outside the White House, and back to Ground Zero. Interspersed among the images are videos of the Pakistan compound, now ablaze, where bin Laden died.
DNA confirmation verified that the body retrieved was that of bin Laden.
Questions still need to be answered, and over the course of the next few days, more information will be forthcoming. In addition, government officials report that they are, “taking every caution possible to ensure against terrorist retribution for bin Laden’s death.”
Today is a day to celebrate the accomplishment of our military, who worked with others to accomplish this action, but also to remember those who died from terrorist attacks.
No matter what happens, the days of Osama bin Laden orchestrating terrorist attacks world-wide are at an end. The question of “What happens next?” remains, but for now, today, it is enough that Osama bin Laden’s reign of terror is over.
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