Osama Bin Laden Is DEAD!

I was just pulled away from my computer by my son saying these words, “Mom, Ashley (his girlfriend) just texted and said Osama Bin Laden has been killed.” We both rushed to turn on the tv, and sat transfixed listening to President Obama announce to the country that he had in fact been killed and his body was now in US custody. I couldn’t help myself. I cried.

I remember where I was the morning the Twin Towers came down. I was temporarily staying with my sister and her husband, and was readying myself for work. They both called me into the living room and I watched with terror as they fell. It was the most paralyzing feeling I experienced at that moment. I felt the power of our country weakened by this horrific act. For the first time I feared our vulnerability. I knew nothing would be the same again. I went to work that morning with a heavy heart. The jukebox was silent as all patrons in the bar were glued to the television sets. Some, that had never showed signs of sensitivity before, had tears in their eyes. This lone man filled with hatred and not worthy of consideration had brought a nation to it’s knees.

I’m not going to drone on about what happened after that. The whole country is aware of the facts. The news coverage was very thorough. Years later we all still feel the reverberation of it’s effects, and healing for the families has been slow in coming because this man was still free to destroy lives. He now no longer is.

My older brother, Allyn, disappeared twenty-five years ago. He was never found. There has never been closure for our family. I know that pain. I would never wish it on anyone. I suspect, albeit different, the families of these innocent, murdered victims feel the same. In their case, closure can only come when justice has been served, and those responsible are finally held accountable. I hope today and the revelation of his death brings them that much closer to finding peace.

Thank God for every man and woman wearing a uniform who made sacrifices, and are still making sacrifices to keep the rest of us safe. Don’t forget them in your prayers.

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10 Comments on “Osama Bin Laden Is DEAD!”

  1. The Hook says:

    This could be just the beginning of more violence but let’s hope not.

    • I have no doubt it is. I just think the sneaky bastards are going to bide their time and wait until we’re least expecting it. As for me, I’m always walking on eggshells and looking over my shoulder. I know people. I don’t trust most of them. People are capable of anything.

  2. I hardly know what to say about all this – it is a bit overwhelming really. But my thoughts are with everyone that has suffered and that is a lot of people. And I am so sorry to hear about your brother, that is so so sad.

    • Yes, it was and is overwhelming. It hit EVERYONE here in the U.S. really hard. I don’t know much about Ireland, or other countries, but here in America we take absolutely everything personally when it affects our own. It’s sort of like my family: I have a ‘huge’ family that argues all the damn time. Still, we may fight amongst ourselves, but no one else better come in and start shit with one of us or you have the lot of us to deal with, no matter whether we’re still pissed at one another or not. Me and mine are predominately Irish/German, and that makes for a whole lot of scrapping folk. 😉 That’s what America reminds me of.
      My brother has been gone for 25 years now. It’s been long enough to take the edge off the pain, so it’s not as difficult to deal with as it used to be. It really just hits home whenever remains turn up in the Omaha Nebraska area, because then I sit and find myself praying it’s him and also that it’s not him. A lot of mixed emotions. I wrote about it on the anniversary of his disappearance which was March 23rd, if you’re curious and want to read it. I tried to cram as much as I could into that post, but really only touched on the tip of the iceberg. Anyway, it’s my life and my family…and all the good and bad that goes with it.

  3. I agree with you there, I don’t think we can relax now, I think it will get worse as well 😦

    • Yep, and I have no doubt that this time they’re going to be bringing their A-game. First things first…we need to get our damn people out of there that don’t belong there! Those that are vacationing, have relocated for work, etc. It’s not safe right now and they need to come home. As for the rest of us I think no target is off limits. Just do a lot of praying!

  4. Spectra says:

    I am so with you on this.

    I was shocked when a friend texted me, earlier tonight, during a nap…I woke up in the middle of the night and read it, and went right online to see the Obama confirmation that bin Laden is dead…wow. So many years he exerted controll over our lives, over our travel plans and experiences. Just getting on a plane these past 10 years has been such a hassle, always because of him! HIM! And I (like so many others) did not wish to give bin laden a thought, but, traveling out west every year, sometimes 2 or 3 times, always reminded me…this f8#%2r is still in command…

    I am hoping and wonering…how will things change for the better now…at last?

    • I wouldn’t get too comfortable with this. I watched the late news and heard them saying that now we really have to take precautions and be on alert, because they have no doubt that Al-Qaeda is going to try and retaliate. I think it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better.

      • This is my fear as well.

        I can’t imagine never knowing closure. You are so strong, to have endured that question mark for all these years.

        • I don’t know about strong. I think when shit comes your way you just gotta deal with it. It’s not like you have much of a choice. I have to tell you though, I’ve buried both my parents, have lost countless friends along the way, and am still dealing with my best friend of 30 years killing herself 2 1/2 years ago, but at least there was somewhat of a closure with each of them. When someone in your family just disappears there never is. I’m sure if we were to find his remains then we’d be begging to know who did it. For now though it’d be enough just to lay him next to my folks. Both my parents died not knowing what happened. It was really rough on them. I’m just glad that ‘these’ families are going to get some closure now.