President Barack Obama announced to the nation in somber tones, “Justice has been done.” Sitting in a house located in Abbottabad, Pakistan which is a suburb of Islamabad, the planner of multiple terrorist attacks, Usama Bin Laden, was attacked by a small cadre of American forces. A fire fight broke out and Bin Laden was killed. Bin Laden, the head of Al-Qaida, masterminded the 9-11 attacks which killed more than 3,000 people in New York City.
With surgical precision, the US team was only on the ground for 40 minutes, using four US helicopters. One of the helicopters had mechanical failure and was destroyed on the scene. According to President Obama, they took great care to avoid civilian casualties.
Over the years, most intelligence reports have positioned Bin Laden hiding in a cave. But this was not the case. He was hiding in plain view, almost under the noses of the Pakistani officials.
For decades, this evil man has waged war on Christians, Jews and Muslims. Anyone, even Muslims, who did not agree with his belief in fundamental Sharia law were in danger of falling under one of the terrorist attacks he planned and financed. President Obama affirmed, “He was not a Muslim leader. He was a killer of Muslims.” He continued to say, “We are not at war with Islam.”
“The American people did not choose this war. It came to our shores,” President Obama said.
This was a level of terrorist covert operations that could have gone bad quickly. Our troops were in the country of Pakistan. However, this highly-skilled group of men performed their operation; and it appears that only Bin Laden and four other Al-Qaida leaders were killed, including a son of Bin Laden. Al-Qaida, which Bin Laden headed, is a fanatical movement based on radical ideology.
As Christians, Jesus told us that we should not rejoice in the difficulties and death of our enemies. Therefore, the death of Bin Laden is not a joyful event. It is a solomn time. Engaging in war means the death of our best and finest men. President Obama should be congratulated not only for the victory but for the proper tone he took in his televised announcement. We must continue to pray for the peace in the Middle East and for the peace of Jerusalem.
To read about the death of a Christian Pakistani in retaliation CLICK HERECLICK HERE to read how Christians in Nigeria and Pakistan are worriedHow should Christians react to bin Laden’s death? CLICK HERE to read several thoughtsTo watch the video of the President’s statement, CLICK HEREREAD HERE as Beliefnet’s Jim Fletcher asks if all Muslims are evilTo consider the heart-felt thoughts of Debbie Lee, mom of the first Navy SEAL killed in Iraq, CLICK HERETo consider the thoughts of Beliefnet’s Kirsten Jackson, CLICK HERECLICK HERE to watch the reaction of New Yorkers at Ground ZeroCLICK HERE for photos and the text of the President’s statementTo read the reaction of Beliefnet’s Ryan Gaffney CLICK HERECLICK HERE to read Beliefnet writer Donna Calvin’s reaction