LOS ANGELES, May 2, 2016 — Five years ago yesterday, Rob O’Neill of Montana exacted justice for the free world. O’Neill was the American hero who killed Osama Bin Laden.
As O’Neill humbly reminds us, he was only the man who pulled the trigger. He was one of many Navy SEALs who risked their lives to get the job done.
Justice was done.
Osama Bin Laden was killed by Americans nearly ten years after murdering 3,000 innocent Americans.
My country and my state were attacked. My fellow New Yorkers were executed in an act of pure evil.
Finally, justice was done.
May 1, 2011 was not a day for political scorekeeping. There was be plenty of time for dissecting every ounce of this situation.
It was a day for the despots all over the world to remember what President George W. Bush said onSeptember 14, 2011.
”I hear you, the rest of the world hears you, and pretty soon the people who knocked down these buildings will hear from all of us!”
He said even more powerful words on September 20, 2011.
”We will not falter, and we will not fail.”
The entire world was put on notice. Either you were with us or against us.
We had victories along the way. We captured Khalid Sheik Mohammed. We captured Saddam Hussein. We killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. With help from Israel, Sheikk Ahmed Yassin and his successor Abdel Aziz al-Rantisi were taken out. Yet the big prize eluded us.
Osama Bin Laden may have been less important from a strategic standpoint than Mohammed. KSM was the actual mastermind of the planning of 9/11. Yet from a psychological standpoint, getting Bin Laden mattered greatly.
On May 1, 2011, partisan politics was put aside. President Barack Obama gave the order to carry out the raid to kill bin Laden. It was the right call.
As for the men who carried out the orders, thank God for these brave men. When politicians of all stripes let our soldiers do their jobs, the job gets done and it gets done right.
Bin Laden was the target of a strike but that did not kill him. A firefight ensued. Bin Laden was shot in the head facing his enemy.
Most importantly, it was an American who killed him.
The cooperation behind the scenes with Pakistan was important.
Thanks to actionable intelligence and brilliant military precision, the attack on Bin Laden was swift, severe, and fatal.
O’Neill’s heroism did not bring back the lives we lost. It did not end the War on Terror. Yet it is absolutely was a cause for celebration.
To all the despots of the world, just know that America never rests until the job is done. You can hide in caves, but eventually we will find you. You will not have an ounce of rest until we end your days permanently. An attack on one American is an attack on all of us.
For a decade, every single day at some point 9/11 permeated the thoughts of so many Americans. As President Bush said, some people went back to normal. Many never did.
Five years ago, there is still so much more work to do. Nevertheless, the five year anniversary of O’Neill’s heroism does call for a peaceful night of sleep for anyone capable of feeling that peace.
Osama bin Laden is still burning in hell. It was American skill, steel, and resolve that put him there. This was not vengeance. It was justice.
Justice was done.
Now is the time to get every single last murderous Islamofascist zealot until the children born today can sleep at night without the pain we felt on 9/11.
Until that day…
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