This is in response to “Osama Bin Laden is dead. Does it even matter?” by Serena Korn. I am a combat veteran of Iraq, and I was also deployed in September 2001 for Operation Enduring Freedom. I have been attending SPSCC for over a year. I would like to take issue with the above mentioned article. First of all, CIA operatives did not kill Osama Bin Laden, Navy Seals from Seal team 6 did. I submit also that killing Bin Laden was a victory. For the longer he stayed alive, the more of a figure head he was for Islamic terrorism. He was idealized as the one who could beat the U.S. Well now he is dead, and American soldiers killed him. We proved he is not above justice, and anyone who kills innocent Americans can be touched. This will lead to a severe morale blow to Al Qaeda.
I agree that this should not be treated as a “mission accomplished.” Terrorists will still hate us, and kill us. I would like to point out, speaking as someone who spent nearly 3 years of my life in the middle east: This IS a fight to the death. Your squeamishness over being happy that Bin Laden is dead is exactly why they believe they can win. And just because you can not be happy over the death of a man who murdered at least 3,000 Americans plus thousands of innocent Muslims across the world, it does not give you the moral high ground in judging those who cheered “USA, USA” at the White House. I for one am very happy he is dead. I also want an end to this war, but I refuse to blanket myself in moral superiority and pretend because of that the bad guys will go away.