A Promise Made, A Promise Kept!

The 9/11 attacks

(UAL Flt 175 prior to impacting The World Trade Center Bldg.)

On September 11, 2001, we suffered the worst terrorist attack in the history of the USA.  It was a moment that reverberated around the world instantly.  Within just a few days our government issued a promise that “we would do whatever it takes to bring the individual(s) to justice”.

The USA put into a plan, worldwide, to hunt down, apprehend, and bring the individual(s) to justice.

As the days turned into weeks, the weeks turned into months, and the months turned into years, the idea of keeping that promise seemed to fade into the distant past.  It appeared that the Taliban and Saddam Hussein had replaced Osama bin Laden as the prime focus in our war on terrorism over the past nine and one half years.  Rarely would the name of Osama bin Laden come up on newscasts or in newsprint.

However, out of the clear blue, on Sunday night May 1, 2011, Osama bin Laden’s name re-appeared front and center in the news like a bolt of lightening.  On that evening the news organizations, worldwide, initially reported that the USA had found, captured, and killed Osama bin Laden in a city not far from the Pakistan capital city of Islamabad! It now appears that bin Laden had lived in that compound for the last 5-6 years!

How can it happen that the world’s most wanted terrorist could live, without any detection, in a large city in Pakistan, an ally of the USA?  The city of Abbottabad, Pakistan has a large military presence, both active duty and retired, living in this city.  As a matter of fact, Osama binLaden’s compound was situated less than 10 minutes from Pakistan’s equivalent of West Point Military Academy! Is that incredulous or what?

I find it inconceivable that the world’s most wanted terrorist could hideout within plain sight of thousands of people!

Nevertheless, to the people who died on September 11, 2001, in the World Trade Center buildings, FDNY firefighters, the NYPD, innocent bystanders on the ground, and all the flight crewmembers, May 1, 2011, has culminated in the death of the orchestrator of that devilish terrorist plot that has defined the first decade of the 21st century.

Notwithstanding, the threat of terrorism still rages on worldwide!  However, the USA has delivered a huge blow to terrorism with the elimination of Osama bin Laden!

So to my friend and coworker, Captain Jason Dahl, and to all his crew on UAL flight 93 that crashed in a field in PA, to the crewmembers of UAL flight 175 that crashed into the World Trade Center, and lastly to the crewmembers of both AA flights 11 and 77……..