Did you sleep any better last night now that you know Osama Bin Laden is dead and burried in the ocean? I didn't. I wish I could tell you I'm feeling safer this morning. I am extremely proud of the U.S. Special Forces. I am elated that there is some type of closure for the families of those who died on 9-11. But when President Barack Obama said we had the body of Osama Bin Laden, I didn't feel a sense of relief; I wish I did.
It took 10 years to find Osama Bin Laden. Expert after expert agrees that the founder of Al Qaeda has become more of a symbol rather than an active leader for this terrorist group. I'm not sure what kind of impact his death will have on Al Qaeda. I have a feeling the organization was already strong enough without him.
My other concern is that Osama was found living in a huge compund in Pakistan, not in Afganistan or Irak where the United States has lost thousands of soldiers and thousands more live with severe, life altering injuries. Now that Osama is dead, it is naive to think that the military operations are over and that the soldiers can pack up and go home. Yes we got the guy, but we also have two severely fractured countries that had little or nothing to do with him that now we have to fix.
Did I want Osama to be brought to justice alive? No. Am I sad he's dead? No. As I said, I am very happy that the mastermind behind the 9-11 attacks which took over 3,000 lives and destroyed many more is finally dead. I am thrilled that I can tell my daughter that the reason we started living in fear in the first place is finally dead. Osama Bin Laden got what he deserved. Like my husband said, "the boogie man is dead", that doesn't mean I won't have nightmares anymore. Ay Mama!