bin Laden’s Death: What Does it Mean?
by Travis Beaney
As I am sure many of you already know, the leader of Al Queda and the man responsible for the 9/11 tragedy, Osama bin Laden, is now dead. As much as Americans should celebrate the victory over the 21st century’s embodiment of evil and our main target, we also need to look at the different, less thought of changes that bin Laden’s death will make to our nation and our world.
The kill was a major victory for the United States in terms of justice for our people and a military intelligence victory for the United States military. Just as important, it was also a victory for the world to rid itself of one more hate filled maniac bent on destruction. This, however, was new for our country. There have been very few, if any, other instances within the history of our country in which we have actually carried out a successful operation led by our military to kill a crazed and tyrannical leader. As a nation, we did not fully understand before this point what it would feel like to succeed in one of these missions, and we still do not fully understand the repercussions or positives that will come as a result of this victory for our nation.
Our country has put ourselves in a predicament regarding the potential acts of terrorist revenge that may be attempted upon our people by the supporters of bin Laden. In this aspect, we need to remain on high alert for at least a few months to wait out the storm that may come. Fortunately, our government is prepared and has increased security around the nation to the best of their ability.
Another result from bin Laden’s death is that we now might be at odds with Pakistan. We do not know if they knew they were harboring bin Laden or if they were just ignorant to him being there. In either respect, this does not put Pakistan in a good standing position with our country, and they do not have much leverage to explain either reasoning to us. Also, the fact that we conducted a raid in a foreign nation is something that is not normally done by the US. Consequently, the world may dispute the conditions of the raid.
A less important impact of the raid is the positive press President Obama has received for giving the military the order to carry out the mission and how the President debriefed the nation. Both liberals and conservatives seem to congratulate the President on the mission. This mission puts President Obama back in a good position politically in his race for re-election. Before the mission was carried out, the President’s approval rating was steadily plummeting. TV star and billionaire Donald Trump had been constantly criticizing the President for not releasing his birth certificate until the President released it a couple of weeks ago. Now, the issue of the President’s birth certificate seems minuscule in comparison to the death of bin Laden. This makes Trump look, in a way, pathetic for making a big deal over such a petty issue that had already been put to rest during the ‘08 election.
On the same note, tensions had been increasing in our nation, and the political rift between the two political parties had been growing. Politicians had become more bitter and hateful towards each other, but the death of bin Laden has now given the country something to unite over. This once again pulls the liberals and the conservatives together to rejoice over the victory of a common enemy. Now, the country should receive some much needed healing of the broadening gap between the two political parties.
Overall, bin Laden’s death was more than just a victory for the American people. The death of bin Laden has spurred change in the world and in the Nation.