Osama Bin Laden Dead
The U.S. Military prevailed in killing Osama Bin Laden. In a firefight stemming from an operation authorized by the Obama White House this last Friday, April 29th, U.S. Special Forces killed Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan. At 10:30 PM, ET, President Barack Obama issued a televised statement announcing the terrorist leader’s death. Through the hard work of the C.I.A. and U.S. military officials, the U.S. was able to locate Bin Laden, and launch a targeted operation. U.S. Navy Seals were able to land at a complex in Abbottabad, staging the attack, shooting Bin Laden, and escaping, despite a mechanical failure in one of the two helicopters used to approach the compound. In his address Sunday evening, President Obama declared that the al-Qaeda leader’s death signified that “justice has been done,” but affirmed, significantly, that “[Bin Laden's] death does not mark the end of out effort . . . [w]e must . . . remain vigilant at home and abroad.” President Obama also reaffirmed that this was a significant milestone in the effort against al-Qaeda, and that the U.S. has not and will never wage war with Islam – adding that Bin Laden was himself a “mass murderer of Muslims.”
The National Institute for Military Justice has provided a brief response on its blog. A detailed report on the Obama announcement and the operation itself can be found at the NY Times.