It was the late local news I tuned in to hear Sunday night. What was spread across my television screen was the welcome news that Osama Bin Laden had been killed by American special forces in a daring raid on his Pakistan compound. It was a fitting end for the Saudi millionaire who used his wealth to wrought only mayhem and suffering in his 54 years. His murderous legacy was the dispiriting loss of the sense of security we Americans enjoyed before that fateful day in September, 2001. And the disquieting knowledge that our world had forever changed.
Gratitude, and perhaps a few metals, are due the brave band of 40 for ridding the world of a barbarously iconic figure.
And that gratitude must also be extended to President Obama, who made a valiant decision to send in special opts instead of missiles, to insure Bin Laden was sent winging toward those promised 70 virgins. Had the mission failed, Mr. Obama risked suffering the same disparaging fate at the hands of historians, not-to-mention voters, as did Jimmy Carter in his failed effort to free American hostages in Iran in 1980.
The United States has finally meted out the revenge promised by former president George Bush standing amidst the smoldering rubble of the fallen towers.
May God continue to give succor to the grieving families of those who perished on 9/11. And may He continue to bless this great country, its military and its president, in whom we take such pride for a job well and bravely done.