I remember 9/11. I was up early for my morning walk. It was primary day in Los Angeles and I stopped by the polling place to vote. People were gathered around a small television set saying a plane had hit the World Trade Center.
As soon as I finished voting I called Tina who was on Long Island.
I hurried home and turned on the TV, and booted up.
I saw the pictures of the towers coming down over and over.
I was filled with rage. So much anger I would have turned an entire nation into glass just to kill those responsible.
I’m glad we didn’t. The wars we have gotten into were a mistake.
Nonetheless I am glad Bin Laden is dead… Kill the rest of his followers too. The same way… Leave the civilians out of it.
From The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/02/world/asia/osama-bin-laden-is-killed.html?hp
WASHINGTON — Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the most devastating attack on American soil in modern times and the most hunted man in the world, was killed in a firefight with United States forces in Pakistan on Sunday, President Obama announced.
In a dramatic late-night appearance in the East Room of the White House, Mr. Obama declared that “justice has been done” as he disclosed that American military and C.I.A. operatives had finally cornered Mr. bin Laden, the Al Qaeda leader who had eluded them for nearly a decade, and shot him to death at a compound in Pakistan.
“For over two decades, bin Laden has been Al Qaeda’s leader and symbol,” the president said in a statement carried on television around the world. “The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat Al Qaeda. But his death does not mark the end of our effort.” He added, “We must and we will remain vigilant at home and abroad.”
The death of Mr. bin Laden is a defining moment in the American-led war on terrorism. What remains to be seen is whether the death of the leader of Al Qaeda galvanizes his followers by turning him into a martyr, or whether it serves as a turning of the page in the war in Afghanistan and gives further impetus to the Obama administration to bring American troops home.
The death of Mr. bin Laden came nearly 10 years after Al Qaeda terrorists hijacked three American passenger jets and crashed them into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon outside Washington. A fourth hijacked jet crashed into countryside of Pennsylvania. Late Sunday night, as the president was speaking, cheering crowds gathered outside the gates of the White House shortly before midnight as word of Mr. bin Laden’s death began trickling out, waving American flags, shouting in happiness and chanting “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!” In New York City, crowds sang the Star-Spangled Banner.
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