Osama Bin Laden found; Panthers celebrate

Jenna DeNight, Staff Writer

For a decade, America’s ‘most wanted’ terrorist successfully kept tucked away from the world. But on May 1, President Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden had been found and killed in a national televised address.

“Tonight I can report to the American people and the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden,” Obama said.

Contrary to the numerous speculations on Bin Laden’s whereabouts, he was found in a fortified compound within the city of Abbottabad.

Obama explained that U.S. intelligence operatives received a tip in August on Bin Laden’s person, which ultimately led to Sunday’s attack. Obama decided last week that the U.S. had enough reliable information to take action; by Sunday morning, he had authorized “a small team of Americans” to conduct an operation targeting Bin Laden.

The American forces killed Bin Laden during a daring raid early Monday, Pakistan time, capping a search that spanned nearly a decade. Bin Laden was shot in the head during a firefight and then quickly buried at sea.

“I feel that they did their job well,” junior Max Prieto said. “They went in, they executed, and they did the deed. His death will give the 9/11 families some closure and peace of mind but still, his death will not make up for the grief he caused.”

Obama said the 9/11 attacks that Bin Laden and his lieutenants orchestrated nearly 10 years ago remain “the worst attack on the American people in our history” and said the images of the crumbling Twin Towers “are seared into our national memory.”

Panthers were very young when the towers were hit so their memory of the tragic event is not as strong as their elders’.

“I remember 9/11,” freshman Jordan Ballester said. “I was in Kindergarten and I tripped and broke my lip.”

Although Americans rejoiced after hearing the news that Osama was dead, a threat of retaliation against the United States by Al Qaeda is now evident. Thus, the war against terrorism will live on.