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“Justice has Been Done.”

May 2, 2011

A Brief Yet Triumphant Statement Regarding the Death of Osama bin Laden

by Andrew Parker

We all have memories of exactly where we were the moment we received news of particular events. The terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 is one of those moments. For those who are old enough to remember, the painful emotions that struck all Americans and lovers of humanity around the world that day are burned into our collective memory. And now, May 1st, 2011 will be yet another of those moments. This time however, our spirits are lifted up in jubilation. This time, we will be able to recollect this memory with joy instead of dread.

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I was visiting friends at my college campus. I received a text message from my mother, and my reaction to what I read was incredulous. A simple ‘bin laden dead.’ Then I turned on the news. “US military kills Osama in Pakistan.” Then I walked outside to hear the blare of car horns off in the direction of the campus center. I started running. I didn’t even try to prevent the grin from spreading across my face.

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Tonight and in the coming days this country will be celebrating a well-deserved and long-awaited victory. In many ways it is the end of a nightmare; the polishing of our pride that was tarnished after the terrorist attacks and seemingly endless wars. While it may be too soon (or I may be too emotional) to give critical thought on the long-term implications of this historic moment, I can say with some certainty that Barack Obama was just able to guarantee his own reelection, May 1st has a good chance of becoming a national holiday, and while the war in Afghanistan is not over, we can now feel that the effort to avenge all those killed on September 11th is not in vain.

The absolute deepest gratitude is owed to our incredibly skilled soldiers and intelligence officers who made this possible. President Obama deserves the utmost credit for authorizing the operation and ensuring its planning and precision. Tonight we all cheer together for the country we love and all the principles for which it stands. The morning will bring a radically different and hopefully better world.

Sleep well, America.

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