One of our aspirations was finally achieved last night. Generally, I am not very rah, rah when it comes to either political events or military engagements. However, it is difficult not to feel a strong sense of pride and the satisfaction of completion, when I learned Osama Bin Laden was dead. I, like many others, would have preferred that he’d been captured, but it was always expected for him to fight to the death. His death may do little more that end a chapter in the unrest the world faces. Yet, it is an ending that many deserved to experience. We now have a sense of closure with regard to an enemy for most of the world. 9/11 did not just involve the death of only Americans but citizens from more than 90 nations.
We should all thank President Obama, CIA Director Leon Panetta, the CIA, the Navy and the Navy Seals for making this happen.
By the way, the first word of the raid was sent by a tweet from a neighbor living near the Bin Laden compound. Sohaib Athar unsuspectingly tweeted about the unusual activity by first noting the noise of a helicopter and then its crash. He went to bed with no idea as to the relevance of his tweets. After awaking and learning the news he tweeted “Uh oh, now I'm the guy who live-blogged the Osama raid without knowing it.”
IP communications is indeed everywhere and social media continues to spread the word.