Readers discuss Sept. 11, death of Osama Bin Laden

05/02/2011 9:40 AM |

Instead of my regular Monday Briefing, I figured it would be much more interesting and informative to jump-start a local discussion on the death of Osama Bin Laden.

I received a text from a friend at 10:48 p.m. Sunday night informing me of the news. Since I was watching a DVR-recorded show, I failed to catch any ticker or news breaks announcements. After flipping to CNN, I quickly texted friends and family.

My wife, who lost her favorite uncle in the World Trade Center attacks, welled up as she sat on the couch and watched varying images of her uncle’s murderer on TV. One of her uncle’s three children, Sue’s cousin Todd, is getting married in Florida in a few weeks. We immediately thought of him.

My wife then called my dad, an FDNY battalion chief who retired two months before Sept. 11. After the attacks, he — and a handful of other retired chiefs — had the task of putting on a suit and making house calls to inform family members whenever a firefighter’s remains were identified.

He lost dozens of friends that day, too, so we were happy to be the ones who called him to tell him the welcomed news.

Despite the wellspring of painful memories, the mood was good in my house Sunday night. It was both touching and encouraging to witness those kids from The George Washington University, middle schoolers at the time of the attacks, celebrate and chant and wave flags in front of the White House.

How did our readers learn the news Sunday or this morning? What were your thoughts and emotions? If you have a moment, tell us how the actions of Osama Bin Laden, now buried at sea, have affected your lives here in Riverhead over the last decade.

And lastly, what do you think this means for the war on terror?

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  • I WAS WATCHING TV AND FLOATING AROUND OF FACE BOOK.I FIRST READ THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS TO COME ON AT 10:30PM. AT THAT TIME NOBODY KNEW WHAT HE WAS GOING TO SAY..IT WAS A FEW MINUTES LATER MY SHOW WAS INTERRUPTED WITH A SPECIAL REPORT.
    I TEXT A FRIEND AND HIT MY OTHER FRIEND UP ON CHAT ON FACE BOOK.SHE HAD LOST HER BROTHER -IN-LAW ON 9/11.SHE WAS SO HAPPY TO HEAR THE NEWS .SHE SAID THAT IT THE NEWS MADE HER VERY HAPPY ..SHE CALLED BIN LADEN A FEW NAMES THAT I WONT REPEAT..AND WENT ON TO GET IN TOUCH WITH HER SISTER.
    I HAVE MIXED EMOTIONS ..I’M THRILLED TO DEATH THAT THE MASTER MIND OF 9/11 IS DEAD..I’M THRILLED THAT OUR TROOPS DID WHAT THEY SET OUT TO DO AND AM SO PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN AT THIS TIME..PROBABLY PROUDER THAN I’VE BEEN IN A LONG TIME…BUT IT BROUGHT BACK ALL THOSE FEELINGS I HAD ON 9/11 .MAD…SAD …..CONFUSED.THE QUESTIONS THAT BOUNCED IN MY HEAD..HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN IN AMERICA?I FELT LET DOWN THAT WE WEREN’T PREPARED ….I FELT THAT WE WERE NO LONGER THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.I FELT LOSS AND MOURNED ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE NATION.I CRIED FOR THOSE THAT WERE LOST AND THEIR FAMILIES.
    THIS WAR ON TERROR IS NOT OVER AS A COUNTRY WE STILL HAVE TO KEEP OUR EYES AND EARS OPEN..OUR TROOPS WILL STILL BE FIGHTING.WE STILL HAVE BIN LADEN SUPPORTERS OUT THERE .RIGHT NOW I WANT TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND CONTINUE TO BE A PROUD AMERICAN.GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!!!

  • My husband and I attended a family party, and were both tired when we returned home. So instead of the usual movie, or TV show, I went to my bedroom to read and my husband promptly fell asleep.
    I received a text message this morning and turned on the TV and there is was..I was shocked.
    And then glad, mad, sad, all opposing emotions– crashing into each other.

    I lived in Staten Island, at the time, and lost two friends (their bodies were never found), along with my neighbor, a firefighter, who was so kind to me when my first husband died. And my dear brother-in-law, who barely made it out of the Towers, was missing for hours. It a was horrible day.

    I lived in close proximity to a church. For weeks and months after the Sept 11 attacks, hearing church bells, bag pipes and seeing funeral processions was a daily occurrence. And for weeks, the ash and smell of burning hit our nostrils when we went outdoors. Staten Island lost many of its citizens on that fateful day. It even sadness me write this account.

    I am morally opposed to violence; I believe in respecting the dignity in every human being. However, this man was a mass murderer. He was evil.

    How safe are we now? Hopefully, more safe. But is Pakistan our friend? Didn’t someone get it , or see a big compound? Who inside of Pakistan knew of this? Ah, me. Who can we trust?

    Finally, let me say, thank you to the freedom fighters who killed Osama Bin Laden and to President Obama for being the man he is.

    While Trump was busy casting disparaging remarks and creating smoke screens around President Obama, our president was doing what he was elected to do, protect and run this great country.

    Justice has been served!

  • Give credit, where credit is due! The Military got him, not Obama!!!

  • Really? You’re opposed to violence but make an exception in this case?

    Are there any other brown people you approve of being selected for targeted assasination, or just this particular one?

  • Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Go Seals and stay the course Obama!! But let’s get these wars finished and devote the money to finding and developing the best sources of clean energy to end dependence on oil.

  • I think it has a little more to do with being a terrorist than it does with the color of his skin.

  • Yeah, it’s not like Obama is the head of the military or anything! Wait a minute… Head of the executive branch… Commander in Chief… hmmm?