Friday, May 6, 2011
The President said, "After a fire fight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body,” the president said. “No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties."
Osama was living in a mansion estimated to be worth $1 million. It was reportedly 8 times bigger than the surrounding homes. It had 12-18 foot walls surrounding the home topped with barb wires. The house had two security gates. Neighbors said that they really didn't think anything of this rare built because many people there were very religious and liked their privacy. What should have raised suspicion was the fact that they never put their trash out for collection; rather, they had their trash burnt.Smart move on their part I would say.
Osama was kiiled by a shot to the head. His home was raided by Team 6 and one of his sons, 2 couriers, and a woman were all killed in the process. Team 6 left any evidence of them being there erased. The operation was quick and quiet. Americans have been warned by officials that we should be prepared for a reaction attack by al-Qaeda. Obama said, "Americans understand the costs of war.Yet as a country, we will never tolerate our security being threatened, nor stand idly by when our people have been killed. We will be relentless in defense of our citizens and our friends and allies."
A range of emotions was felt all around the world when hearing of Osama's death. Yet, no other place had a more powerful reaction than New York City. After all the tears and pain that the families of the victims of 9/11 felt and are still feeling, hearing of Osama's death has brought some form of comfort and closure.
We must keep these victims alive in our hearts and not remember them for how they died,but how they lived their lives.