County citizens react to death of Bin Laden
After nearly a decade of conspiracy theory and tactical searching, the leader of al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden is dead. On Sunday night, President Barack Obama, announced that the terrorist kingpin had been killed by a small team of American Special Forces during a U.S. operation early Sunday morning in Abbotabad, Pakistan.
"Justice has been done," said Obama, via a nationally televised address.
Even though the Pakistani suburb where Bin Laden was killed is nearly half the world away from Carbon County, the news has brought pride and relief to this community, as demonstrated by a network of flags which took to the morning sky Monday all over the Castle Valley.
"I am so proud to be an American today," said Price City resident Tina Rich, who called the Governor's office this morning to make sure it was appropriate to fly her Stars and Stripes. "I am confident that his death will soon be seen as a national holiday, I am so proud of this country."
According to Obama's address, the reconnaissance work which brought about this covert attack had been under way for some time. Reportedly, information obtained from a 9/11 detainee identified a courier who had a close relationship with Bin Laden. This relationship would ultimately lead to the whereabouts of the terrorist leader and his demise.
"It was only a matter of time," said Helper City Mayor Dean Armstrong. "I was always confident we would find him. I was glad to see that justice was swift and final. Additionally, I think this whole situation will bring about changes concerning the relationship between that Pakistani government and the United States."
While it is true that most interviewed for this event were happy about the Bin Laden's demise, there was some trepidation reported concerning backlash from the event.
"I think it's great that we got him," explained retired Air Force Capt. Bill Gigliotti."However, I am concerned about this man becoming a martyr, we need to remain vigilant. There is someone in ready to take Bin Laden's place and it is important that we stay on our toes."
As if to back up Gigliotti's opinion, federal spokespersons have warned citizens that in the aftermath of the covert mission, Americans should be alert. However, no specific threats had been launched as this article goes to press.
According to White House officials, Bin Laden's body was buried at sea in accordance with Islamic practice and tradition. This action disguises his final resting place.
Locally, citizens don't seem to feel that adherence to Islamic burial rites will calm a possible backlash, in fact the one common factor in most comments was perseverance when it came to the global issue of terrorism.
"I am relieved that our country was able to keep their promise and make sure justice was served," said local high school instructor Jacie Pressett. "But, I hope that this occurrence doesn't change public opinion concerning the need for a strong continued stance on terrorism."
Bin Laden's death will likely have little if any impact concerning issues such as the Carbon County economy or the focus of area law enforcement. However, the prevailing attitude seems to be one of pride and curiosity.
"I can't wait to learn more about what really happened," quipped Price native Ryan Faulk. "I can't wait for the Discovery or History Channel to come out with information about how long the investigation really took. I would like to see the behind the scenes story. What really happened. This is a great day for American and the world's safety."
Susan Polster, a journalism professor at USU Eastern had this to say about the late al-Qaeda leader: "I hope he rests in peace with Hitler."