Bin Laden’s demise-A A +A
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
AMERICANS and people in foreign capitals greeted with jubilation the news on the death of Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaeda terrorist network leader, after a covert surgical operation by the elite US Navy Seals in a high- security compound deep inside Pakistani territory on Monday.
The death of the world’s most wanted face of terrorism came a decade after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks in the US.
For Americans, bin Laden’s death was a long time coming.
US President Barack Obama, who announced bin Laden’s death in a dramatic speech aired live around the world, said “justice has been done.”
The decision to launch an attack inside Pakistani territory must have been one of the toughest decisions to make for Obama, who is up for reelection.
That also goes to show that Americans can get justice anywhere in the world.
President Noynoy Aquino, in a statement, said bin Laden’s death signifies “defeat for the forces of extremism and terrorism” but it should not lull the people into complacency.
“We must continue to remain vigilant and unite in pursuing peace, pluralism and collective efforts at security,” PNoy said.
Malacañang also assured a full alert is in place to counter any possible retaliatory attacks from terror groups linked to bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda.
Yes, we also have elite police and military units.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pag-asa) recorded the highest temperature so far in Cebu on May 1, Labor Day, at 33.2 degrees Celsius.
It was so hot that Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez suddenly quit her post, avoiding an impeachment trial in the Senate.
Well, she didn’t mention the heat but said the time spent removing her from office would be better used to solve the country’s problem which, for the administration, is unfortunately Merceditas Gutierrez.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 04, 2011.