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Better East Texas: Osama bin Laden death

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By Pat Stacey

The death of Osama Bin Laden after a nearly ten year manhunt, sparked spontaneous celebrations across America and many other countries.  Some people expressed whole-hearted jubilation while, for others, the news of Bin Laden's demise brought closure to a deep wound.  There has been a lot of debate on what our reaction should be as a country.  It is easy to get wound up into a frenzy and go participate in the parade type event, but is the death of Bin Laden more symbolism than the end of a current threat?  While Bin Laden seemed to be living comfortably, it does not appear that U-S forces discovered any type of a command center for Al-Qaida.  It fact, it may be that he was there to live out his years off the radar while others take control of the terrorist group.  Either way, we have to remain vigilant.  Many in law enforcement and security professionals are warning us to continue to be on our guard, as retaliation is anticipated.  So what did the death of Osama Bin Laden accomplish?  While I am probably not going to go out and celebrate his death, it is comforting to know that he is gone and his elimination sends a strong message to others that wish to cause us harm that you will be found and you will pay for your crimes.  While not a final judgment, it is justice of sorts, and it makes for a Better East Texas.

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