No matter how long it takes, America will find you, and bring you to justice.
-George W. Bush
I heard the news last night…and found the story this morning. And now, the words of President Bush, promising that we would bring down Osama bin Laden have come true, through Obama. From my yahoo.com news off the AP Wire:
Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was slain in his luxury hideout in Pakistan early Monday in a firefight with U.S. forces, ending a manhunt that spanned a frustrating decade.
“Justice has been done,” President Barack Obama said in a dramatic announcement at the White House.
A jubilant crowd of thousands gathered outside the White House as word spread of bin Laden’s death. Hundreds more sang and waved American flags at Ground Zero in New York — where the twin towers that once stood as symbols of American economic power were brought down by bin Laden’s hijackers 10 years ago.
Another hijacked plane slammed into the Pentagon on that cloudless day, and a fourth was commandeered by passengers who forced it to the ground — at cost of their own lives — before it could reach its intended target in Washington.
The United States attacked Afghanistan within months, pursuing al-Qaida, and an invasion of Iraq followed as part of the Bush administration’s global war on terror.
U.S. officials said the CIA tracked bin Laden to his location, then elite troops from Navy SEAL Team Six, a top military counter-terrorism unit, flew to the hideout in four helicopters. Bin Laden was shot in the head in an ensuing firefight, these officials said, adding that he and his guards had resisted his attackers. U.S. personnel identified him by facial recognition, the official said, declining to say whether DNA analysis had also been used.
The U.S. team took custody of bin Laden’s remains. A U.S. official later said bin Laden had been buried at sea and the remains were handled in accordance with Islamic practice, which calls for speedy burial.
Now, this is great news. Finally, after a decade of running and hiding from the U.S. Armed Forces the elite forces got him. I say to these men, God Bless you and Thank God for you and your training. Bravo and stay safe.
Another thing in history here. Another bad man who was killed on this day in history, May 1st….was also the day that Adolph Hitler killed himself towards the end of World War II.
Across Europe, travel alerts for Americans abroad have been heightened for fear of “retaliation” to Bin Laden’s death, but here in the United States the terror alert has been kept the same, with some heightened caution in cities like New York and Washington.
The operation, the culmination of a tip ten months ago, ended that operation with a short and quick strike by the elite forces of Seals stormed the luxurious house/compound, they did not know where Bin Laden was. The seals went room to room till they came face to face with Osama bin Laden. He was ordered to surrender, and when he didn’t he was shot in the head.
Seals are trained that since they have no idea what the person in front of them will do, and if he/she is loaded up with explosives, the order is to do a head shot. The seals did what they call a “double tap” in that they shot him in the head twice to make sure he was dead. The death and confirmation of pubic enemy #1, and al-Quaeda’s leader Osama bin Laden ends a decade long intelligence surveillance of the man.
When the seals confirmed he was dead, they took the body and DNA tests were performed on it to make sure who it was. He was buried at sea quickly, in accordance with Islamic law that the body is buried within 24 hours, though, it wasn’t done quite that fast.
According to later news, we went against Islamic traditions with the way he was dumped into the ocean, with the way it is supposed to be done is the body strapped between two pieces of wood, so it would float, and hopefully come ashore somewhere, so he could have a proper Islamic burial. The ship just dumped him into the ocean with weights to keep his burial place from becoming a place of inspiration for terrorists all over.
On to news of a more local interest, Congressman Mike Pence, of Indiana going to make his decision, announcing whether or not is is going to be running for the Governor of Indiana sometime this week, or so I heard on the radio this morning. With him, Indiana would stay in great hands, and will continue in her prosperity. We can thank God that we here in Indiana have been blessed with such great leadership, now and in the future. I will keep in touch with Mr. Pence and let you know as soon as I find out.
Again, to the United States military….GOD BLESS YOU ALL. Bin laden is dead!
May God bless our efforts to help get America back, and put God back into our country.
God, Bless America. Bless Americans. And Bless us to start using more common sense.