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Osama bin Laden Killed in Pakistan

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I was watching the Mets play the Phillies last night when there were suddenly chants of “USA USA USA” in the crowd. After a few minutes, the announces realized that the reason the crowd was chanting was because news of Osama Bin Laden’s death was circulating the crowd. That’s how I learned that bin Laden had been killed. I immediately switched to a news channel and there was only a little analysis of the situation (not much news had been released yet) and just a notification that President Obama would speak about the subject soon (that would take another 45 minutes). Here’s his speech:

If you’re curious about how they found him or how they got him, this article on the Guardian.co.uk has the most detailed explanation and play-by-play I’ve seen so far. They found him in an affluent neighborhood at Abbottabad, Pakistan, not a remote cave. It makes for fascinating reading, especially since it was published just a few hours after the announcement of bin Laden’s death.

My vote for most interesting part of this whole thing:

At around 1.15am local time on Monday, Abbottabad residents became aware that something was happening. “Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1am (is a rare event),” tweeted one local, Sohaib Athar (@ReallyVirtual); following that some minutes later by: “A huge window shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt. I hope its not the start of something nasty :-S”

I’m sure the pundits will analyze all this into oblivion but for now we can all agree: this was a good thing.

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7 Responses to “Osama bin Laden Killed in Pakistan”

  1. saladdin says:

    Politics and conspiracy theories will be brought in soon enough.

    When I saw the headline my reaction was “Finally the fucker is dead.” Then I read where April has been the deadliest month in Iraq in 2 years or so.

    The machine keeps turning.

  2. daenyll says:

    Unfortunately, he’s had years to bring up sub lieutenants to actually run things and it’s grown into a major multi-cell operation, his death may represent a slight moral strike short-term, but I foresee some retaliation for his martyrdom.

    The first I heard of him was back ’98 or so when I was just in middle school and they were after him back then, well before 9-11. So, yes it’s nice to see “closure” on his promised capture/kill, but terror and twisted philosophy continues.

  3. skylog says:

    i will keep my comments brief.

    i agree that what this really means is an unknown, and this will be debated to no end, but it is a “good thing.” at the very least, if some can gain some closure, i am with them.

    side note 01: as a met fan, i was watching the game. it was a very interesting reaction.

  4. Ross says:

    Unfortunately I really don’t think this will mean much in the long run. This is a guy who has been in hiding for years, with his ability to lead and organize anything being hampered by us all the way.

    There are many others who will take up the reins.

    This being said however, IT’S ABOUT FREAKIN’ TIME! Don’t get me wrong, I’m THRILLED we got him. I don’t care if not much changes and this doesn’t make much difference, because this guy was personally responsible for organizing the slaughter of many Americans in many different locations around the world and on OUR OWN SOIL.

    This is what happens to people who kill Americans… we kill you!!!!!

  5. elloo says:

    I think bin Laden got off easy with a quick death in 2 shots. But as it is written…

    Exodus 21:23 says, “But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.”

    Amen. But he should have suffered a lot more.


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