"He did resist the assault force, and he was killed in a firefight," an official said. NBC News reported that he was shot in the left eye.
"I've never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure."
- Mark Twain
"Don't celebrate death; celebrate justice."
Osama bin Laden is dead. Terrorism is still alive. Evil is still alive. This can be seen as a moral victory, but for those who lost loved ones in the war or due to any terrorist attack, even bin Laden's death cannot bring the dead back to life.
However, this was a historic occasion. I remember where I was nearly 11 years ago during 9/11 -- I was in math class in high school, and I heard that a plane had flown into the Twin Towers. We thought it was an accident, though.
Then the Pentagon was attacked, and we realized this was no accident. This was pre-meditated. This was intentional.
I left school early and was glued to the news for the next 24 hours. Scared, I called my dad, who drove 18 hours from his job to be with me and my mom. I just knew we would go to war immediately. I just knew this would be something like WWI or WWII.
I remember the day we declared war. It was my roommate's birthday. We sat in our dorm room, eating cake, and watched the firestorm over the Middle East.
And, now, I remember the moment I heard that U.S. forces killed bin Laden. My husband and I had been watching the last Michael Scott episode of "The Office," and his brother texted him with the news. We immediately paused the show. He turned on a news channel, and I turned on the computer after not finding any news via my smartphone. We stayed up to watch the president's speech. And then we went to bed.
Where were you May 1, 2011?