Redemption for New York City

Posted: May 9, 2011 in New York, New York City

“A day which will forever live in infamy. . .” President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed these words on December 7, 1941 following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Some will argue that May 1, 2011 will now fall under that category as well. Osama Bin Laden, the well-known terrorist leader of Al-Qaeda was finally brought to justice after a secret mission was launched in Pakistan, which ultimately led to his demise. Cheers of joy rang throughout the United States that night after President Barack Obama officially announced his death. They were, however, heard the loudest in the state most effected by this individual — The Big Apple, otherwise known as New York City. Due to his instrumental hand in the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Osama’s death brought about mixed emotions for some New York-ians. Having the blood of nearly 3,000 people on his hands, it was no surprise that the general feeling running through the veins of Americans that night was pure elation. Finally, after a decade-long manhunt, this awful individual was brought to rightful justice, a fate some say was more than appropriate. There were, however, reservations about “celebrating someone’s death.” Seeing as most people don’t share the same hateful make-up of a person like Osama bin Laden, it was odd balancing act for individuals. Are we rejoicing his death or the long-awaited act of justice? Either way one looks at it, we all have something to be thankful for these days. The mastermind behind the world’s most powerful and influential terrorism groups has been removed. That should bring some sense of security to individuals everywhere, even if only for a short while. The question now becomes: “What next?” Some fear a strong retaliation from his followers while other are optimistic. Regardless, the world has become a better place for the time being and New Yorkers can finally rest with a sense of justice that they’ve been yearning for 10 years now.

Osama bin Laden, the man responsible for thousands of innocent lives

"Twin Towers, just after they've been struck"

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