May 1st, 2011 marks the killing of Osama Bin Laden in a targeted assault by US Navy SEALs. Osama, leader of al Qaeda and mastermind of the 9/11 attack, was responsible for killing of over 3,000 Americans. The irreversible damage of the 9/11 attacks is done; However, the killing of Osama Bin Laden leaves US citizens relieved that justice has been served. The leader of al Qaeda no longer exists. That deserves a repeat: The leader of al Qaeda no longer exists! Although, this is a monumental accomplishment, al Qaeda still does exist, and so do Osama’s faithful followers. Unfortunately, his supporters will not see the killing as a “warning” from future attacks, rather they will worship Osama as a martyr. We did serve justice, but now we must be aware of the vengeance that is to come.
Although there have not been any credible clues or threats suggesting an immediate retaliation attack, U.S security and intelligence agencies are increasing security as a precautionary measure.
Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld posted this message on Facebook:
The man who once called the United States “a paper tiger” and issued a fatwa to “kill all Americans” believed that our nation would not strike back if provoked. Today that man responsible for the death of 3,000 Americans on September 11th, Osama bin Laden is dead. It is an achievement of which our country can be proud…..
We must not have any illusions that it ends today or that America can afford to let its guards down tomorrow.
The threat of terror is far from over, and may actually increase as a result of the recent attack. As always, people need to support their country to protect and fight for their security, while increasing their own security on a personal level. Attacks can happen anywhere, to anyone and can be committed by people whom we would least expect. Therefore, maximizing security is indispensable.
Increased security means more officials on the bridges and highways, thorough and random security checks in airports and more surveillance nationwide. Citizens can contribute by preventing terrorist attacks by looking for and reporting suspicious actions or behaviors, as well as securing their properties and businesses with surveillance, especially properties that are in highly populated cities.