Sunday, May 1, 2011

On Looking Forward

"Obama: The US has killed Osama bin Laden."
"Ding Dong the Witch is Dead"
"OBL is dead, thank you men and women of the US Military."

My Twitter and Facebook feeds have exploded with the SAME EXACT thing, so I don't feel a need to be redundant, and there isn't much I can say in 140 characters that wouldn't be repetitive.

I understand the magnitude of this kind of success, and the celebration is well deserved. But now, we have to look ahead. Now, it's more important than ever to ask the right questions and to search for the answers, to be vigilant; for it was in our false security and confidence that 9/11 happened in the first place. Osama bin Laden's death is doubtlessly a large detriment to the Al-Qaeda organization, but that doesn't mean it will disappear.

What exactly does this mean for the future of Al-Qaeda?
How will we continue to carry out the war on terrorism? Do we know where we're going? Do we know what we're doing?
What will this do to the perception of American power in the world community? How will the Obama Administration handle the change?
"We will be relentless when it comes to the safety of our citizens." - President Obama during his address.
What will this mean for America's perception of itself?

What now?

(photo via NYT)

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