In five months it will be ten years since that fateful Tuesday morning in September that America was attacked at the direction of Osama Bin Laden. On this evening, Sunday, May 1, 2011, President Barack Obama told the American people that the man who forever changed our lives and our sense of security and freedom has been killed by special United States operation forces in Pakistan.
The news of Bin Laden’s death was surprising but welcome yet I would not use the word celebrate as the emotion that swelled within; tt was a peaceful resolve and calm and then caution. It caused reflection to that morning when more than 2900 American lives were lost. It brings back memories of the infernos called the twin towers and the plane protruding from the Pentagon. It causes reflection on the hole in the field in Pennsylvania where brave Americans fought not to save their own lives but the lives of others in Washington, perhaps even that of then President George W. Bush.
I do not presume that I can imagine what the wives, children, parents, siblings and other relatives of those killed on 9/11might be feeling this evening or tomorrow when they learn of this new. It will likely stir a mixture of emotions; some joy and some pain. We must pray for their strength and support them during this time. For the families of those military troops that gave their lives in pursuit of Bin Laden and to stop other enemies of America, we must also pray. Their sacrifice may now provide them some comfort and if imaginable some peace.
The death of Bin Laden will not bring back the father of a little boy that will never again play catch with him, it will not give the newly engaged daughter back her father to walk her down the aisle, it will not give back the police officers missing from precincts all over the city of New York, it will not give back the men and women that fought fires in the city and it will not give the flight attendants on the plane in Pennsylvania their wings. It will not give back soldiers missing arms so that he can hold his baby girl or a soldier’s or another soldier’s ability to speak and tell his wife he loves her. What Bin Laden’s death gives each of us is something we each must decide. What it gives our country is something we all must decide.
There are already those and I among them that fear that there may be some retaliation for the death of Bin Laden. An attack may come on our soil or it may strike our allies or our citizens in a foreign land. We must remain cautious and alert. Bin Laden was but one man but and Al Qaeda is many men, women and some children. Al Qaeda is an organization of extremists that hate America and will still fight to their death and for our own to destroy us.
I am proud that President Obama and his team were able to get Bin Laden. The President promised during his campaign that he would go wherever it was necessary to bring Bin Laden to justice; he has kept that promise. I am proud of the way he delivered the message to the Ameircan people. We should follow his lead in the way he react to the news.
I hope that this event in our country’s history gives us perspective; one that will unite us not only in death (9/11/2001) and (May, 2011) Bin Laden’s demise but each and everyday. If the murder of those that died on September 11th and the loss of lives and injuries of our troops while avenging their deaths and defending our liberties truly have an affect on us we will now become really become one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all.