In a statement from President Barack Obama late last night, the White House has announced that Osama bin Laden was killed in a bombing of a mansion in Pakistan. This news was met with cheering and singing of the national anthem by crowds that began immediately gathering around the fence of the White House. Incidentally, May 1 was also the 8th anniversary of the day former President George W. Bush declared "Mission Accomplished."
The leader of al Qaeda, the architect of the 9/11 bombings, the terrorist who has become the archetype of terror in the modern era...is dead. Very rarely is a death celebrated as a good thing, a tick in the win column. However, I am elated that this has happened. While there are many evil people in the world and many evil organizations, this is a sign that our tireless fight for justice and peace may have prevailed...in at least one small way. Though, it is by no means over.
Now, this raises a few questions, chief among them...so....why and how was he in Pakistan? Wasn't Pakistan supposed to be our ally? Weren't they working with us to root him out?
Another question is what this means for our men and women in the armed forces. Will they be coming home? Will they continue to fight al Qaeda overseas? Will there be a retaliation?
In his speech, Obama said, "His demise should be welcomed by all those who believe in peace and human dignity." I agree. He also went on to tell the survivors and family members of those in the 9/11 attacks that "we have never forgotten your loss." I know one death cannot bring back those innocents killed during those deplorable acts, but maybe it can bring them peace and let their spirits rest in peace now that they are avenged.
What do YOU think? Did you sleep a little easier? Do you feel this is justice?
Either way, I'd like to lift up our men and women in the armed forces. May they all be very especially blessed. I thank them immensely and hope you'll join me in sending your prayers, thoughts, energy, and love to these folks who have brought a sense of ease to many around the world.
Love and Lyte,