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We all remember exactly where we were on what started out as a majestic day -- blue skies, summer sunshine still beating on our faces during what we thought would be a typical Tuesday. But then at 8:46 a.m. ET, life as we knew it came crashing to a halt.
At the time, I was a White House correspondent for CNN and happened to be in the downtown area of New York City. I heard the sound of the first jet as it flew overhead and then crashed into the North Tower. I can still remember the streams of people running from downtown; a man crying as he talked about seeing people actually jump from the burning towers; and the firefighters who asked that I call their loved ones to tell them they were okay, when they knew so many others might not make it out alive.
Almost immediately, we learned that Osama bin Laden, leader of a terrorist group called Al Qaeda that most of us had known nothing about, was the mastermind of what would be the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil. I remember asking President George Bush, back in 2002, if we wouldn’t truly be safe until Bin Laden was captured or killed. Now, nearly 10 years later, we will all likely remember where we were when we learned that Osama bin Laden was dead, killed by a joint special operations command on the ground during a firefight -- an operation authorized last week by President Barack Obama.
Our community has been buzzing about the news and so have iVillagers on Twitter. Here’s a sampling of reaction so far:
@ExecutiveMoms: Wouldn’t it be lovely if the death of Osama bin Laden could mark the END to terrorism vs the end to a terrorist leader?
@richardschrader: I live[d] in Park Slope [Brooklyn] then and remember the day’s bright skies. The intense loss that day has never really left. Tonight brings some closure and some justice
From our iVillage community:
Blueyz_13_2000: Congratulations to those brave soldiers involved in this deadly dangerous mission. Amazing.
jabberwocka: I, for one, have mixed emotions. Bin Laden has been eliminated but it has taken so long, so many have died and the Iraq debacle still is unresolved… I just hope this is the beginning of the end of U.S. military involvement in the Middle East.
Oopadoop: I am so happy that he is gone, but also a little apprehensive. Will Al Qaeda fall apart due to infighting (as I hope and pray) or do you think that he will be lifted up as a martyr and it will spur on his cause?
Wifemomteacher: First of all... it is about damned time. Query? How will this affect the US now? How will this affect the political climate?