It is 2:47 a.m. The streets of Morgantown, W.Va., were just filled with smoke and fire from burning couches. Blaring sirens from fire trucks and police cars mingled with the sounds of people chanting and singing “I’m Proud to be an American,” set the scene for a night no one will forget.
This kind of unity usually occurs only on game days, but people came together in celebration of something long awaited…the death of Osama Bin Laden.
For more than ten years, the al Qadea leader has terrorized various nations and taken the lives of thousands of innocent people. May 1, 2011 will forever be recognized as the day the world was rid of the worst terrorists since Adolf Hitler.
Yesterday, a small team of American soliders shot and killed Bin Laden in a mansion outside of Islamabad, Pakistan during a top secret mission put in motion by President Obama and the CIA. Obama announced the news to the world during an emergency press conference at the White House.
Obama called Bin Laden’s assassination “the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda.” This is without a doubt, the truth in the most earnest sense. Americans are still mourning the deaths of the 3,ooo innocent people who lost their lives on September 11th. We have not forgoton that those people died at the hands of Osama Bin Laden and his al Qadea drones.
Last night, all across the country, American citizens were re-energized with a new-found sense of patriotism and hope. We have watched our service men and women fight and die overseas in efforts to keep us safe. Though the fight against terror is not over, we at least have the solace in knowing that the man who brought terror to American shores has finally been served the justice he deserved. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have not been fought in vein. September 11th was the worst terrorist attack to ever occur on American soil, and our troops are the reason there has not been another domestic attack since.
While we rejoice in Bin Laden’s death, let us not lose sight of the issues still at hand. We are free from Bin Laden, but al Qaeda is still strong…and now they are surely enraged beyond belief. This tremendous victory should not result in the lowering of defenses.
Obama said “his death does not mark the end of our effort. There’s no doubt that al Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must — and we will — remain vigilant at home and abroad.”
We should use this moment as momentum to propel us through these next few months – after this, we may find that they are trying times. The unity displayed last night should be channeled and continued. It should not take a victory or a disaster to bring us together because there is still much to be accomplished. Obama and his administration have been under attack since the inauguration, but the president proved something to us last night. He may not have kept every promise he made during his campaign, and no one should have expected to keep them all within his first term- that is unrealistic and unfair. However, he showed us that he was serious about the safety of the American citizens.
Obama told us he would find Bin Laden and kill him and he did just that. It wasn’t Bush…it was OBAMA.
The 2012 election season is on the horizon. Let’s hope the American people are able to keep this fire burning throughout the campaign and the election. Our nation is going to need to remain united because there is a strong possibility that attacks on our nation and our troops overseas could ensue.
Bin Laden’s death means many different things to many different people. Regardless of how you feel about Obama or Osama, realize that this is a moment that will go down in history. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I would want to look back at this moment and remember feelings of patriotism, pride and justice because those are what being an American is all about.