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September 20, 2018

Overnight Celebration Marks Death of bin Laden


While many people sat in front of their TVs and radios and computers to absorb the news of the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. Special Forces troops, a large group of students at SUNY Oswego took to the campus quad to celebrate the news.

A video from a student who participated in the rally documented a patriotic moment:

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer issued a statement not long after the news was announced:

“This is a thunderous strike for justice for the thousands of my fellow New Yorkers — and citizens from all over the world — who were murdered on 9/11. It took close to ten years, but the world’s most wanted terrorist has finally met his deserved fate. New York’s heart is still broken from the tragedy of 9/11, but this at least brings some measure of closure and consolation to the victims and their families.

“This is a massive accomplishment for the countless military and intelligence personnel who have been urgently dedicated to this task for the past decade. Because Bin Laden’s evil dogma has poisoned the minds of so many others, we cannot let up in the war on terror. This successful mission sends a definitive message to those who would test the resolve of the people of the United States of America: do not doubt our resolve; if you do us harm, we will find you, we will mete out justice, and we will prevail.”

3 Responses “Overnight Celebration Marks Death of bin Laden”

  1. May 2, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Today, it feels kind of like September 12, 2001 felt. No Republicans, no Democrats, no whites, no blacks, no latinos, no orientals…But it is not the feeling of dread we all felt that I speak of. It was that other feeling. Today, as we were that somber day almost 10 years ago, we are AMERICANS UNITED! Embrace this feeling my friends, and for the love of God, don’t ever let it go ever again! God bless you all, and God bless the USA!

    Ralph Edward Stacy, Jr.
    Fellow American!

  2. May 2, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    41 years, almost to the day, I stood in the same quad, with probably an equal number of SUNY Oswego students (maybe even more) gathering in the dark to protest our involvement with the war in Vietnam. We were to march on the Naval Militia building on Lake Street once we’d gathered and organized.We sang the same song, and others I heard coming from television and radio broadcasts during these early hours. We had gathered a bit more somberly (thousands of our contemporaries were dying weekly, and had done so for five years), because we felt our losses were not justified, and our rage had been pent up for much of that time.

    It brought tears to my eyes listening to these young voices, hearing my own voice echoing back through time, yet knowing THIS time the song was one of joy that captured the exuberance of an eye for an eye vindication for the horror of 9/11.

    We can never bring back the massive loss of American life both on 9/11 or all the years at War since, but for one brief shining moment, we can join hands and shout not with joy, but with a war cry that another enemy is gone.

    WE don’t know what this action will cause in our world. We don’t know whether life will be better or worse, for it is certainly changed radically on 9/11, especially for the population of students who gathered in that space who have known fear and loathing for an unseen enemy for over half of their lives. But for that shining moment, Americans/Brits/and their allies have gathered in spirit, in celebration of a job well-done.

    Debbie Keppel Engelke ’73/’97

  3. Bill Robinson
    May 2, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    The same group of kids that praised Obummer for wanting to close Gitmo.

    Special Military Ops had this in the works since August when a Prison Inmate at “Camp Gitmo” told the CIA about couriers that worked
    for Bin Laden and Once it was assured he was there, they went in.

    Just confirmed by the Defense Dept that the original plan was to Capture him, but he refused and a Fire Fight ensued followed by him
    being shot and the body quickly buried (as his faith dictated) but since no country would allow burial, HE WAS BURIED AT SEA.

    Funny how if Obummer had closed Gitmo, this would never have gone down.

    Funny how all the “Truthers” and Liberal anti war activists are praising obama for taking a page from the Bush playbook…..

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