"Any fool can make history, but it takes a genius to write it."
Oscar Wilde

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Killing of Osama Bin Laden

On May 2, 2011, four choppers full of U.S. Navy seals mobilized and took off. Their destination? Abbottabad, Pakistan, thought to be the location of Osama Bin Laden, mastermind of the September 11 attacks and leader of the Taliban. Bin Laden was rumored to be inside a large, two story compound with multiple guards and high walls. The compound itself was about 100 yards from the Pakistani Military Academy, the West Point of Pakistan.
As the helicopters descended on the compound, shots were fired, and a firefight occurred. One of the helicopters, ordered to land inside the compound, had technical difficulties and crash landed. President Obama said later that memories of Black Hawk Down flooded his mind. However, the forty SEALS rushed into the compound, and forty minutes later had secured it and killed Bin Laden. There were no American casualties. Four people and Bin Laden were killed, one rumored to be his son, the others were his body guards and wife. Bin Laden resisted, and was shot twice in the head by one of the SEALS.
The men who flew the helicopters were part of the 160th Special Ops Air regiment, and the SEALS who carried out the operation are thought to be Team 6, a unit stationed in Afghanistan. The joint American operation was commanded by the CIA.
As news of Bin Laden's death spread, thousands of Americans cheered in New York, in Washington, and all over the country. Bin Laden's death has boosted the morale of the entire nation. Al Qieda is likely demoralized, and will hopefully remain so for as long as possible.
God bless America... and don't mess with us.

Look at these guys! Be scared Taliban... be scared.

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