Monday, 2 May 2011


I realize that what I'm about to write has absolutely nothing to do with travel, but I felt that I needed to at least acknowledge such a momentous thing in our National Security.

I woke up this morning and went about my daily routine, which includes checking my emails and my facebook. All over facebook were different posts about Osama bin Laden having been killed by our US troops. The US Navy Facebook page posted an article, so at that point, I knew that it wasn't just a thing people were doing on facebook.

It is a strange thing to celebrate another persons death. I mean, I realize the death and destruction this man proclaims to have single handedly waged against the United states is an absolute travesty, but its an odd thing to rejoice that a human life was killed. Don't get me wrong, I'm most definitely going to be celebrating, but it's weird.

It feels a little bit like a chapter has finally been able to be closed after running on much longer than it should have. Almost 10 years ago the world watched in horror as terrorists waged war on the United States. We watched with shock and anger and a sense of disbelief that this was actually happening to us on OUR turf. And then, the American people did what Bin Laden didn't anticipate; we banded together as a country and as a people and then, we waged war.

For the past 10 years so many lives have been lost because of Osama Bin Laden, and not just those lost on September 11th. So many of our brave Servicemen and Women have gone into battle to defend our freedom and have not come home. So many families continue to grieve the loss of their sons, daughters, spouses, parents, friends. So, on this day when one more terrorist no longer lives to destroy lives, I will celebrate the memory and the sacrifice of those lives that were lost to protect my freedom, my liberties, and my country.

Congratulations to our fantastic troops--- we all knew the day would come when you guys/gals would catch that bastard! And Congratulations to the United States of America for being able to rest a little easier knowing the man responsible for the nightmare that was September 11, 2001, will never orchestrate such devastation again.

I realize that this war is not over... not by a long shot. There will always be people who want to wage war against Americans, but for this day, let us all be thankful and happy that this battle was won!