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Osama bin Laden Killed in Pakistan

Posted By Jim On 05/02/2011 @ 9:01 am In NEWS | 7 Comments

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 [3] 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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