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In minutes, the President of the United States is expected to report that Osama Bin Laden, the individual behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States, is dead.
Sources say that the U.S. has the body.
11:36 PM Eastern Time: President Barack Obama has just announced that Osama Bin Laden is dead. George W. Bush would have wanted to make this announcement years ago. He couldn’t do it in 8 years as President. We’ve continued to hunt for the central figure in the war on terrorism since, and tonight, on May 1, 2011, the news is finally in.
Bin Laden is dead. Hiding in plain sight, in Islamabad Pakistan.
Will terrorism increase? It’s likely. Will there be a short term intensification of terrorist response to this news. Probably. Is Barack Obama the right leader for this time? What can we expect in the coming days?
No one knows.
What we do know is this matters. This is a major story. It brings a certain amount of closure; closure for the people of New York City, Washington DC, and Shanksville, PA.
In fact, this provides closure for every American.
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