Osama Bin Laden, the terrorist leader responsible for the destruction of New York City’s World Trade Center almost a decade ago, was killed by U.S. Navy SEALS yesterday – in a large sense, avenging those who were killed on 9/11 and easing the souls of their families and friends.
And yet, Bin Laden’s violent death doesn’t mean the permanent end of terrorism in the Middle East and the threat it still poses to the world – mainly because the Middle East itself is still a dangerous place to be, even more so considering the political and civil unrest that’s been present ever since the 1940’s. And the situation isn’t going to get better in the near future, as those who follow the current news reports already know – including their loved ones serving in the U.S. Military who continue to risk and/or lose their lives fighting both terrorist insurgents and tyranny in the Middle East.
The ongoing situation in the Middle East – including the incidents of this decade and the one before – is a somber reminder of how dangerous the world has become. And unlike what happened at the end of World War II, when we blissfully believed that we could rest easy following the defeat of the Axis powers (while unaware of what would happen in both the subsequent Nuclear Age and Cold War years) – we’re painfully aware of what might happen to the world in the post-9/11 period, including the strong possibility of future terrorist attacks on both the United States and its allies. With Bin Laden’s death, there’s little doubt that his associates will plan (and or at least, attempt to) their revenge on the world – driven by twisted beliefs that have done nothing but disgrace the very religion that they preached, and sickened even those followers of Islam who’ve long known that peace and understanding among all mankind is far more important than the death and destruction caused by the evil that’s persisted even since mankind’s earliest days.
The United States and the rest of the world is now at a crossroad of sorts following Osama Bin Laden’s death – while knowing all too well that the future is unpredictable, with events occurring when all of us least expect them. While we can only hope that a repeat of 9/11 never occurs anywhere in the world ever again – we know all too well of the world that we live in today and the increasing dangers that have unfortunately become a painful fact of life. Which only proves that life isn’t fair, even when someone like Osama Lin Baden pays the ultimate price for destroying a lot of lives – and more.
John Lavernoich is the author of the novels Code Name: Chameleons and Chameleons To The Rescue, as well as close to three dozen articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet — to learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his writing achievements, please visit his official website (http://jlavernoich2008.web.officelive.com/default.aspx), as well as his pages on Windows Live Spaces (http://cid-ef88d131988ab38f.profile.live.com), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich), and Twitter (http://twitter.com/JLav65).
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