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Time - and the Navy SEALs - heal all wounds.

May 2, 2011 - Michael Palmer
The death of Osama bin Laden was celebrated around the world as a victory for justice as the United States avenged the 9-11 Terrorist Attacks of almost a decade ago. I don’t gain any satisfaction in his death but I do celebrate that we ended his continued “Jihad” to spread a dangerous ideology all over the world

On May 1 2011, a team of 20 Navy SEALs successfully completed the operation to kill Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan a city about 66 miles from Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. President Barack Obama later confirmed the death of Bin Laden, but did not directly mention the involvement of Navy SEALs, saying only that a "small team" of Americans undertook the operation to bring down Bin Laden.

Why not give credit to these brave young men? They are going into a hostile foreign country, in secrecy, alone, with no support to take on an unknown enemy force. Give them credit, they accomplished their objective with no loss of United Sates lives and very little collateral damage. A special thanks from me and I hope they get due recognition in time.

It was also disturbing to me that Osama Bin Laden was not living in the mountains, hiding out like a criminal in a primitive cave. He was instead quite possibly an honored guest of the Pakistan government. He lived in an area which was populated with affluent retired Pakistani senior military officers.

The compound had 18 foot walls, barbed wire and no telephone or internet connections. An Amish millionaire built it right?

The compound was built in Abbotabad which is just minutes away from the Pakistan capital of Islamabad. Living in such a big compound amongst important military officials it would take an extremely ignorant person to believe that Pakistan government did not know who was living there or was not knowingly sheltering Osama Bin Laden and his family.

It is a damning indictment of the Pakistani establishment and more importantly it points out the flaw in our nation’s consciousness, we tend to project our “Christian” values on other nations and people.

Okay, perhaps having compassion and clinging to a naïve belief in the basic goodness of man is not a character flaw, but it is a common misconception that people in other countries have similar values when it comes to human life. It is not so.

That makes we nervous when you consider that the Islamic extremists will be bent on avenging the death of their leader. My nephew is in the Army’s 160th Night Stalkers which is a rapid response group and could be deployed in response to a terrorist threat or attack.

Cutting off the head of this snake will not end terrorist attacks. There is some question as to how much influence that this leader still had over the nation of Islam. It also does not bring back lost loved ones or ease the suffering of families who lost family members in bombings by Al Qaida linked militants.

It does send a clear message to terrorist leaders that we are a people of our word. Former President George W. Bush, whose entire presidency was defined by the September 11th attacks, summed it up in his statement after learning of Bin Ladens death, “The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.”

If you can read this blog - thank a teacher. If you're reading this in English - thank a soldier

Thank You.


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