By Cambria Kent – Cougar News Contributor
The al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, who was responsible for attacks on the U.S., including the 9/11 attacks, was pronounced dead by President Barack Obama, May 1, after a Navy SEAL team ambushed his residential compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Helicopters stationed in Afghanistan made the flight to the compound where bin Laden was living in hiding. Navy SEAL Team 6 infiltrated the compound. The troops quickly found and killed bin Laden and four others that were with him. Within 40 minuets, they had killed bin Laden and searched for any information or plans on future al-Qaida operations, officials said.
“The fight against terror goes on, but America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done” said former President George W. Bush.
There has been some justice served to those who lost family and friends in the 9/11 attacks, and a sense of justice has been brought to those who have served or are serving for the U.S. military.
But is it right to celebrate an enemy’s death with parties? Many College of the Canyons students are happy that bin Laden was killed and he can no longer command and direct al-Qaida. Some feel, however, that celebrating in the manner many Americans are, is wrong and can lead to more retaliation.
Jacob Henson, a 20-year-old nursing major, said ” I am glad and relieved; not so much that he is dead but that one of America’s number one targets has finally been apprehended.
“In my opinion, there are two major results. One being, there are many men waiting to fill his place and ready to fight back, and two being that he was like Hitler, and once you cut off the head of the snake, it might slither for a bit but it is dead.”
Another student, Theresa Simpson, feels that it was the respectful actions to take by following Muslim traditional burial services at sea within 24 hours of bin Laden’s death.
“Celebrating the death of an enemy is one of the instincts of humanity! The celebrations in New York were organic. The celebrations in D.C. were also organic but also politically influenced.
“We will not be tread upon,” Simpson said.
COC has students that have served for our country. Shane Claytor was a 3rd class Petty Officer in the Marines. He was stationed in Fallujah, Iraq. Having served and knowing people that have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, Claytor has a very personal connection to these recent events.
“It gives their families something to be proud of,” he said.
“Knowing that justice has been served for someone who was the face of such evil is something we should all be satisfied with. I don’t think it is something to celebrate in the streets either, as it is just a sad end to a sad life, but an end that was also well deserved.”
Greg Jelin, a Ventura County paramedic of 18 years and COC nursing major, believes that the precision of the bin Laden compound raid was a “feat of incredible human intelligence and surveillance.”
Jelin would like to see the photos of bin Laden, however, his “curiosity, is not worth even one more person getting hurt or killed when the radical terrorists seek revenge for the publishing of the photos.” True patriots will suppress their wants for the greater safety of the U.S. citizens.
Many COC students believe we will be retaliated upon for killing bin Laden, but do not feel he should have been kept alive and in captivity.