Most likely by now you've heard the news that Osama Bin Laden is dead.
At the news, celebrations began occurring around the world. Most notably in front of the White House, Times Square, and Ground Zero. With spontaneous singing of The Star Spangled Banner, God Bless America, and America the Beautiful intermeshed with chants of 'USA! USA!' the crowds reveled in being a united America for a time.
This is a huge morale victory for the United States armed forces and their allies. Specifically Seal Team 6 who went into Pakistan, and accomplished the mission of taking Osama dead or alive.
Perhaps most notably infamous for planning and organizing the 9-11 attacks, in which four commercial airplanes, filled with passengers, were hijacked by al-Qaeda members, and then two of them flown into the world trade center towers and another into the Pentagon, with the fourth crashing in a Pennsylvania field. But that was hardly the only act of Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network. CNN has compiled a longer list.
What made bin Laden such an evil was the creation of al-Qaeda and the collection of terrorist groups contained there in. And here is the danger. Osama may be dead, but al-Qaeda is far from it. The death of their leader will likely cause a backlash of vengeance. American armed forces, and various countries have upgraded their alert level in readiness for a possible response. As President Obama said
Yet 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.Others have suggested that without Osama to lead them, al-Qaeda will fall apart into disorganized small groups.
We can only hope they will be less effective without him.
For now though, let us remember the victims who lost their lives in the terrorist acts that Bin Laden perpetrated. Let us remember those brave soldiers from various nations which have given their time, sweat, blood, and even lives fighting to end this war that Osama bin Laden began.
But let us also stay ever vigilant in protecting our freedoms, from all enemies, both foreign and domestic.
In the words of former President George W. Bush:
A victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.