Someone mentioned something about the death of Osama Bin Laden this morning (that would be around 9-10PM EST), but it took me a while to realize what exactly he was talking about. He had gotten a message from someone on his phone, via Twitter, email, Facebook, or IM, and mentioned it in passing. I was way too tired to realize what he was talking about. It’s only when I got home, at around 1:30PM that I understood what had happened. The US, thanks to some CIA and Joint Special Operations Command managed to hunt down and kill Osama bin Laden.
President Barack Obama made a late Sunday night appearance on US TVs at around 11:30PM to announce the death of Osama bin Laden. There is a lengthy obituary on the NYT that you can read here. Since December 2001, the US has been in hot pursuit of the ever elusive chief of Al-Qaeda.
The problem that I see with Afghanistan and Iraq is that the US has created a hotbed of insurgency, most probably assuring the creation of generations of terrorists. The US has been in that theater of operations for almost two decades, and while I hope that they will allow their troops to come home, I know that this will never happen.
While I would have preferred that bin Laden was captured alive, I know that in these types of covert operations, it’s not always possible. Mining Bin Laden for information might have proven fruitless, even to the most gifted interrogators, but like the CIA likes to say, everyone has a breaking point.
Equating Osama bin Laden with Adolf Hitler is almost blasphemy, as Hitler was responsible for the Holocaust and atrocious crimes against humanity in his concentration camps. However, he has been considered America’s nemesis for more than a decade.