The Death of Osama bin Laden

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The Death of Osama bin Laden
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Mon, 05-02-2011 - 7:12am

Most of you have probably heard that U.S. Special Operations delivered justice in the form of the death of Osama bin Laden.

I am not one to rejoice in another human being's death. After all, even the worst psychopaths are loved by someone. That being said, it's not likely any tears are going to be shed by me or by anyone I know either (unless I happen to know a closet terrorist or supporter of terrorists -- which I'm pretty sure I don't). Mostly, I'm sitting here thinking that it's a nice little victory for our forces and that I hope it weakens Al Qaeda as a whole, but that AQ is not one man. It is not just Osama bin Laden. And we've just stirred the hornets' nest. I won't be surprised if things get worse (again) before they get better, and I pray for all the families and soldiers affected.

What does the death of Osama bin Laden mean to you?




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Registered: 07-28-2005
Mon, 05-02-2011 - 10:00am
Quiet honestly, I think for those families that have lost family members it brings some kind of closure. As for me personally, not much. My life will still be shaped by the Army and its needs. That won't change.

We may have cut off the head, unfortunately, I think the "legs" have grown so much that we just have splintered the terrorists' groups into many, many, more dangerous groups!

Tricia

 

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Registered: 01-30-2011
Mon, 05-02-2011 - 2:00pm
I'm feeling the same as you. I'm glad he's gone but there is much more work to be done, and it may get worse before it gets better. I'm also going to kick the next person who asks me if my husband is still getting deployed right in the shin. Ignorance is so astounding sometimes.
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Registered: 10-13-2006
Mon, 05-02-2011 - 4:08pm

I'm in the glad there is one less evil man in the world but I too think it's probably going to get a bit worse before it gets better. But I do think it will get better. Last night I saw an interview with someone from ABC who had lost his wife in 9.11 and he said somethings that I really liked in reguards to this, I can't remember what all was said, one of the last things though was that it was ok to be glad but that we have to remain vigilant and not let our guard down.

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Registered: 04-21-2006
Mon, 05-02-2011 - 10:49pm

It's bitter sweet for me. I was in NY during 9-11 and thought that I lost my mother for quite some time. Although she made it out ok, It still traumatizes me. I cried tears of joy and sadness when I heard that Osama was killed because I was glad yet sad for him because he is a human being. A deeply troubled one but he was created the same way as all of us. I was hoping he would be captured and held in jail or something but I can totally understand our president not wanting to take any chances and risking him escaping.

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Registered: 06-04-2007
Fri, 05-06-2011 - 12:11am

Donna, please edit your post. I know that you edited your other post regarding what you believe your boyfriend's role in the military may be, and I urge you to do the same here.

First, if it's not something that you would see printed in a newspaper citing a named source, it's probably not something you want to post in a public forum. I assure you that if your boyfriend is in involved in Special Operations, his assignments and movements are not something that should be talked about publicly. In fact, most people who are involved in Special Operations operate under the principle that it's best not to even indicate that in public. In other words, the more special people are, the less they actually talk about it.

In the future, remember that specific dates, job titles, full names and ranks (i.e. okay to say Sgt or E-5, but not a good idea to say "SGT John Smith), units (i.e. "101st Airborne, 2BCT, 3-185 Battalion, D Company, HQ Platoon -- which, by the way, is a completely made up unit), locations (i.e. okay to say "Fort Campbell" or "deployed" or "Afghanistan" but NOT okay to say "FOB Sillypants"), and -- in some cases -- even his MOS and job description should be considered off-limits. (Sort of makes you wonder how we talk around here, doesn't it?) Basically, just err on the side of caution. It's possible that you could mention some of those things without any issue, but if you aren't absolutely certain, it's best to assume it's not something to make public.




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Registered: 04-21-2006
Sat, 05-07-2011 - 1:18pm

Ok, I did. I forgot that I also posted on here as well. Thanks!