Osama Bin Laden and Justice for the 9/11 Attacks

Posted: August 7th, 2013

Osama Bin Laden and Justice for the 9/11 Attacks




Osama Bin Laden and Justice for the 9/11 Attacks

            On May 2, 2011, the president proudly addressed the nation bearing the news that the renowned terrorist Osama Bin Laden was dead. Osama headed the infamous Al Qaeda. This organization had declared war not only to America but to other countries, as well. An Islamic militant group believed that their war against America was a jihad (holy war). They also followed the sharia law strictly (Schmitt and Shanker, 2011).

During his speech, the president explained in detail how the Special Forces had painstakingly tracked Osama down. He was hiding in Abbottabad in Pakistan in a heavily protected area. The president’s speech signified that the war on terror was finally bearing fruit. This was because finding Osama was one of the priorities of president Obama’s government. In his speech, the president commended the C.I.A. (central intelligence agency) for their work especially those who took part in the operation. He also said that they would remain vigilant in case the Al Qaeda decided to avenge their leader’s death.

The director of the C.I.A. (Leon Panetta) also gave a speech concerning the matter. In his speech, he congratulated the Special Forces on their hard work and diligence especially those in the South Asia centre. He stated that this victory was also in memory of those who had perished during the long search that preceded this remarkable event. He assured all the citizens that security was their main concern and that if the Al Qaeda tried to strike, America would be ready for them. He also commended the Obama government for their support in the fight against terrorism not only in America but also in the world.

Both speeches were of victory rather than of realized risk. This is because they dwelt more on the positives of Osama’s death as opposed to the effects that it may cause. The speeches portrayed happiness due to Osama’s death as they thought it caused temporary immobilization of the terrorist group. This is because they would need time to regroup before planning their next attack. Regrouping in this case will include selection of a new leader for instance as well as a new hideout

The death of Osama has brought closure to many families that suffered loss during the 9/11 attacks. In addition to this, it has instigated fear in majority of the citizens of the U.S. This is because they are in constant fear of an attack from the Al Qaeda as vengeance for the death of their leader Osama. As much as the government assures everyone that, their safety was assured, the probability of the government knowing where their next strike will take place is quite small. Because of this fact, most of the U.S. citizens are fearful that the dreaded Al Qaeda may strike again. They fear that this strike may be much worse than the 9/11 attack and that more lives will be lost.

The death of Obama Bin Laden has been a tremendous blow to the Al Qaeda. This is illustrated by the fact that they have not carried out any terrorist attack on any part of the world. This is because the sudden demise of their leader had derailed their actions. Osama was the key organize and facilitator of the attacks, and without him, the Al Qaeda was left in disarray (Williams, 2002). After Osama’s death, Al Qaeda’s hideouts were discovered and raided. This means that they lost all their ammunition. Obama’s government ousted the Pakistan government, which was their main ally (Riedel, 2008). This therefore, posed an even greater problem for the Al Qaeda as they needed new hideouts as well as ammunition. Osama Bin Laden’s death has been a great victory for Obama’s government in the fight against terrorism. In addition, it has raised concerns about another imminent attack from the Al Qaeda. This attack was expected to avenge the murder of their leader, Osama Bin Laden.


Riedel, B. O. (2008). The search for al Qaeda: Its leadership, ideology, and future. Washington, D.C: Brookings Institution Press.

Schmitt, E., & Shanker, T. (2011). Counterstrike: the untold story of America’s secret campaign against al Qaeda. New York: Times Books.

Williams, P. L. (2002). Al Qaeda: Brotherhood of terror. Parsippany, NJ: Alpha.

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