Perhaps you’ve heard the news. Osama bin Laden, the face of global terrorism and mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was killed in a firefight with Navy SEALS and quickly buried at sea. As the world reacts, here are a few unique voices from the milblogging community.
Journalist Tom Sileao, of “The Unknown Soldiers” posts an appreciation titled “Our Finest Hour” best summarized by it’s final paragraphs:
“The men and women of the United States military refused to let their fellow Americans down. To these brave volunteer warriors, as well as their friends in the intelligence and homeland security communities, every day of the past nine and a half years has been September 12, 2001.
“Inspired to serve, hundreds of thousands of American heroes boarded planes and ships and went wherever they were ordered to fight. Thank you to every single American service member, veteran, and military family member for your selfless dedication during this epic struggle against the darkness of evil. Because of you, there is light, and we are free.
A post on “One Marine’s View,” flows from appreciation of the a few “joint steely eyed warriors” who “swiftly acted on some solid intel and went in with a lot of hate and discontent,” into a more reflective look at the last ten years.
“Initially it seemed surreal, and then all the memories beginning with where I was at during 9/11, to my multiple Afg deployments rushed through my head. One memory was finding a poster of the World Trade Center inside a mud house in Tarin Kowt Afg of a known bad guy that we were doing a raid on. Also the memories of getting numerous reports that Bin Laden could have been in the area we were operating in and the energetic responses that causes when you’re a small unit operating in the mountains of Afg. The losses of those in the World Trade Center, family members I know that lost loved ones in the Pentagon and those lost in the fields of Pennsylvania included some of the past memories as well.
“It’s more psychological more than anything, especially to those that have lost loved ones on Sept 11 and those that have lost warriors while in the fight in Afghanistan. I hope it brings closure to their sorrow. Although Bin Laden has been reported as being killed, this doesn’t mean all terrorism will stop against America and we must stay vigilant! There are many enemies against America and unfortunately there always will be because of how we believe and who we are. However, it does send a very powerful message to all enemies of America that we are known for doing what we say. “We will not tire, we will not falter we will not fail” George W. Bush
“The Mudville Gazette” does a news roundup, raps Obama for an “I, me, mine” speech, posts a link to
a picture of the corpse corpse photo now exposed as fake and opines what to do with the corpse. (It was buried at sea, “accordance with Islamic practice.”) The Gazette also notes Attorney General Eric Holders remarks several months ago that “we’ll be reading Miranda rights to the corpse” of bin Laden.
“No joke: Click for (presumed) corpse picture – not a pretty sight. Not an officially released photo, either. (It is just his body, of course. His spirit has flown, as they say… and is being @$$hammered in hell.)
“The big question, of course, is what to do with the corpse. My suggestion: feed it to pigs. I believe the White House answer I just heard is treat it with great respect in accordance with Muslim traditions, etc.
“Neptunus Lex,” a retired Naval officer and aviator, posts an analysis of the op from KForce Government Solutions “Night Watch” and suggests Chairman Mike Mullen’s recent Pakistan visits may have been to pave the way for the strike.
“If the Pakistani military and government truly protected bin Laden for all these years, and suddenly decided to give him over to US operators with Pakistani dust on their boots, this could have some significant implications for that government’s survival: While the drone strikes have been fiercely provocative to the restless masses in the streets of Islamabad, having SEALs tromp around and shoot up buildings (and other things) will be even more so. The government may not survive, although the Pakistani military certainly will – which may have been the point.
“Yesterday was a day of celebration. Today will be a day to think this through.
“It will be interesting to learn, if we ever do, what the quid pro quo was for this arrangement: What did we have to give, or threaten to take away, to get him?
“This Ain’t Hell” takes aim at it’s favorite targets, filmmaker Michael Moore and Code Pink among them, and battles the notion that the rationale for the war has evaporated with bin Laden’s death.
“The war against terror wasn’t about revenge for 9-11, it was about ridding the world of the terrorist scourge which we ignored for decades. That goal hasn’t been achieved and so the war must go on.
“All of the public celebrations over the killing of bin Laden makes me uncomfortable, because it looks like a victory celebration when victory hasn’t been achieved. This is actually one step towards victory – but there won’t be victory until we make terrorism too expensive for terrorists in terms of blood and treasure.
Chuck Ziegenfuss at “From My Postition… On the Way!” expresses a mix of relief, gratitude to military families, and apprehension about enemies who may “double down” and “wait for us to become complacent.”
“Some things I don’t feel, necessarily, are pride, or joy, or happiness. I don’t really think it goes well with taking a human life. Granted, I do believe that UBF was sub-human (see untermensch) but I also believe that we should not let our emotions into the business of killing. We took UBF to the mattresses, nothing more. We killed him, with no more regard for him than a cockroach, and we should celebrate his death with the same fanfare. To do any more only deifies him, and will fuel his martyrdom.
“I am, to be sure, glad that the UBF is dead. I am thankful that he was hunted down and killed. I am extremely glad that he was not captured, as we can only wonder at what the Department of Justice and Pantywaist Politics would have done had we captured him.
“This is a win in the War on Terror, or the War on Man-Made Disasters, or whatever the euphemism du jour. This, however, is not a football game. In war, the only cause for celebration, in the eyes of a warrior, is its victorious end. There will still be the empty chair at the table, the salt of tears, the bitterness of friends and family no longer among us, and the emptiness that comes from their loss.
“We will continue this fight, and so will our enemy. We are in a war for survival as not just a nation, but western civilization as the beacon of light in the world. In the end, there can be only one winner. When that day comes, and I am sure it will, I will toast absent companions, and wish them fair skies and following seas, and celebrate. Until that day, I, and we in the Armed Forces, stand ready, ever vigilant, and ready to do violence on your behalf.”