By Alex Baldwin
On May 1, 2011, eight years to the day from when President George W. Bush infamously announced, “Mission accomplished,” in regards to the supposed end of the Iraq war, President Obama addressed the nation to announce the death of Osama bin Laden. “Justice has been done,” said Obama when describing the gun battle between American soldiers and Al Qaeda soldiers at bin Laden’s strong camp site. The president reassured the country that great care was taken to ensure that there were no American casualties. He also stated that the American troops were able to capture the body of the deceased terrorist leader.
Though this has undoubtedly boosted the morale of American citizens, as well as soldiers still stationed in the Middle East, Obama says that the war on terror is not yet over. “His death does not mark the end of our effort. We must and we will remain vigilant at home and abroad. Not at war with Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader. He was a mass murderer of Muslims.”
The mass murder of nearly 3,000 Americans on September 11, 2001 robbed our country of those lives as well as our sense of security. One can officially say that justice has been served.
Photo Credit: Screen capture from the White House government video (May 1, 2011)