Wednesday, May 04, 2011
For many, bin Laden's death brings joy, then reflection



We've been following iReporter reactions and comments on the killing of Osama bin Laden since news of his death broke Sunday night, and we've organized the approved iReports into an Open Story. This lets us look at the reactions as a timeline, and we soon discovered that this chronology is a story unto itself, unfolding in real-time as our country contemplates the killing of the mastermind of the September 11 attacks.


When news of bin Laden's death hit the airwaves, college students across the U.S. started gathering in public spaces for some raucous celebrations.


Sam Joseph, a student at Boston College, watched his classmates spontaneously storm the campus's Bapst Library as word of bin Laden's death began to spread. Amidst the patriotic revelry, Joseph said that he and his fellow students felt optimistic that bin Laden's death was "a major breakthrough for the country in our war against terror... All in all, this is a good thing for the U.S. and the world, and a historic milestone to be celebrated."



Meanwhile, late Sunday night and early Monday morning, New Yorkers streamed into Times Square and the former World Trade Center site, waving flags and chanting patriotic slogans. Stephanie Zessos shot the above video of the ensuing celebrations.


Later, Zessos realized that her excitement was tempered by her sorrowful memories of the September 11 attacks. "I felt the heavy hearts of the victims' family members, and the long, very public road they've been on dealing with their loss," she said. "My friend Steve, a firefighter whose brother, also a firefighter, was killed on 9/11 sent me a text saying the pain will never go away."


Throughout the day Tuesday, the celebratory mood subsided as iReporters reflected on bin Laden's death and the ongoing global conflict he inspired. Student Betsy Mitchell said on Tuesday that bin Laden definitely deserved to die, but that she was also saddened by how some Americans seemed to revel in the death. "I did not like it when the terrorists celebrated killing Americans, I don't like it when we do the same thing," she said. "Yes, bin laden needed to die, but he is still a human being."


Chris Morrow had the opportunity to interview Mike Turner, a trustee of VFW Post 2422 in Coronado, California, about bin Laden’s death. Turner was understandably proud of the Navy SEAL team that conducted the operation that killed bin Laden – all SEALs train at the nearby Coronado Naval Amphibious Base. But even though Turner believes that “justice has finally been done,” he stressed the need for continuing vigilance and resolve in the months and years going forward.


“I don’t feel any particular satisfaction, because the total number of deaths that [bin Laden] brought, both here and to other nations, doesn’t get paid for with one death.”

May 4, 2011
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forget osama bin laden just join and have fun

May 4, 2011
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I hope with his death the world would be a safer place.  I know this is a wishful thinking, but there is nothing wrong in hoping......

May 5, 2011
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Wow! Arrogance, we're supposed to be a civilized nation and better than third world countries.  In all actuality we're no better than them.  The man UBL is dead dont disrespect the Muslim religion with arrogace.  We still have military and civilians on foreign soil.  He fat cat worthless politicians who've never been in the military need to relax.  Use your so called education and add common sense not arrogance.

May 5, 2011
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We people in Europe have suffered more from terrorism,war and unrest than the USA, and it is WE who will suffer from the killing of an UNARMED evil man. Where are his family? Killed by the war making CIA no doubt. In the end, my government had to talk to the IRA, your government WILL talk to the TALIBAN. The ideas of Bin Laden will not die with HIM.All western countries should stay out of muslim countries and make the world a safer place. If they want to fight each other LET THEM, its NONE OF OUR BUSINESS!

May 5, 2011
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Dear CNN,

The media and the government seem to think that thee American public has a short attention span. I think the first time I saw the compound on the T.V. that I thought about Daniel Pearl who was kidnapped in Pakistan and was taken and beheaded I think thats where that happened, and I think Osama Bin Laden was standing around the camera or somewhere and the last thing that he saw was the terrorist's and Osama Bin Laden. Why don't they look into that probability? Or do they have proof that it didn't happen? I think the Pakistanis worked with the Taliban to carry out these execution. Is that something that anyone else has thought about?


Response- lloydy666


The American people have suffered plenty thank you very much. Why dont you tell the families of our dead soldiers who died for the fight against terrorism in this world. What about the families of all the people who died in the world trade center? We ARE AMERICANS. WE WILL STICK TOGETHER. AND WE WILL NOT JUST STAND BY AND BE ATTACKED BY SOME DAMNED FOOL'S WHO FANCY THEIR SELVES A NATION! So pardon me for attacking your comment good fellow but we ALL have suffered plenty and I for one am happy as hell that he is dead!

May 6, 2011
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Conflicting stories released by the Obama administration, in the days following the brutal Murder of Osama bin Laden, would make any rational person question the inconstancy of the reports.


Rumors circulated through the media have resulted in a hatred towards, and now the murder of a man not given a fair Trial.


What are we to believe?  Who are we to believe?


If two dozen SEALS are unable to capture one sleeping man live, and bring him to TRIAL... The SEALS definitely need more training.


Has Osama been formally charged and convicted of any crime? NO..


Answers to many questions have died with the man, leaving gossips to spread more rumors.  Who will be next?


Extreme Abuse of Power and Control has been demonstrated by Pres. Obama and his administration, in the cold blooded Murder of Osama bin Laden.


What would the people of the world think if helicopters landed on the white house, and twenty four people stormed in, and shot President Obama in the head twice, then dumped him in the ocean?


Sympathy and comfort rest upon the people who Loved Osama... Apologies for the bad behavior of President Obama and his administration.  


May Osama rest in PEACE and Perpetual Light Shine upon him, in the company of all the faithfully departed.

May 6, 2011
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could be good round table subject. everie bode ive talk to thinks like i do no picture only words dna sayes it was him could be some bodie,s lieing picture is prouf in this case it,s worth a millon words . tarhell

May 9, 2011
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Osama bin Laden died but you have to take care from the stupid after him coz they are too much by the way the head of snake finished but there is the tails thanx Obama great job thanx USA

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