“Tragedy as a whole has a tendency to cause overwhelming feelings of unity, respect, and togetherness that are rarely felt at any other time.” Almost 10 years ago, The Olympian wrote these words in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. This sense of national unity has in the following years been shaken, but we came together again to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden.
After nearly a decade of searching for this leader of Al Qaeda, the successful mission to bin Laden’s hideout marks an important victory for American forces. While this by no means indicates the end to the war on terror, it may mark the beginning of the end and is a huge psychological and symbolic victory.
Many people feel that killing bin Laden finally brought a sense of closure to friends and families of victims of the 9/11 attacks.
“For teens on the West coast especially, the acts of terrorism were nothing more than a special effect,” claimed The Olympian. If ten years ago teens were barely moved, it is so much harder for teens who were small children then to understand how important this event is. Most high school students were very young when the attacks took place and barely remember the images of horror that shook the nation. But for many, many Americans bin Laden’s death is one of the most memorable events in recent history.
The sense of unity that 9/11 brought may have been lost in the following years, but this victory can bring the country together again. Let us unite behind support of our countrymen, let us stand together, not divided by race or religion or party affiliation, but with one heart and one mind as free Americans.