Sunday, May 1, 2011

Osama Bin Laden... Is Dead... But Is "War on Terror" Over?

It's here. It's happened.

Osama bin Laden has been killed, a United States official said Sunday night. President Obama is expected to make an announcement on Sunday night, almost 10 years after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

In so many ways, what Osama bin Laden planned nearly 10 years ago has defined the last decade. Out of 9/11, we've seen global strife over interventionist vs. imperialistic foreign policy, whether democracy can regain a foothold in The Middle East, how relevant our own Constitution really is to America's "rule of law", if Christianity and Islam can finally coexist peacefully, and so much more. Think about it. Since 9/11, we Americans have had a whole lot of issues to deal with...

And we've had to witness so many thousands of families endure the grief and the pain of those terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. We're about 4 months away from the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The first withdraw of troops from Afghanistan is scheduled to occur within the next 60 days, and more troops are planned to be redeployed from Iraq.

So what does this mean? Obviously, Osama bin Laden is dead and the figurehead of al Qaeda is gone. So what happens next? What happens in Afghanistan? What happens in The Middle East? What happens in America (with our civil rights)?

I'm eagerly awaiting President Obama's speech. Without a doubt, he's just accomplished something so many have been pursuing over this last decade.

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