Mission Accomplished: Nearly 10 years ago, two planes flew into the World Trade Centers in New York City, resulting in one of the worst losses of human life on American soil in living memory. Last weekend, the man who orchestrated the attack, Osama bin Laden, was finally killed by a team of Navy SEALS in Pakistan. The team trained for months with mock set-ups, preparing for the eventual raid on a compound in which bin Laden was thought 40 be hiding. Bin Laden was killed in a forty-minute firefight and his body was taken for identification and burial. Not a single member of the team was lost. There’s definitely more to U.S. in the war on terror. Still, justice has finally been brought to an evil man by a team of American boys.
Who’s Indecisive Now? For months now, Republicans have been trying to paint a poor picture of President Obama. Either he’s not American, or is a Muslim, a socialist or indecisive. Well, in the past week, President Obama has released his birth certificate and finally authorized the mission to kill Osama bin Laden. Counterterrorism advisor John Brennan even called the president’s decision, “one of the . . . gutsiest calls of any president in recent memory.” So, with a gutsy, definitely American president sitting in the White House with a tremendous victory in the War on Terror behind him, the GOP is looking a bit foolish right now. Where did all those accusations come from? Why question the man’s birth? Would an indecisive president send a team of Navy SEALS in to take bin Laden to make sure he was dead? Draw your own conclusions, but my answer is no.
Stories of Survival: The scope of the tragedy left by the tornado last Wednesday is immense, but these dark times bring out the best in people. Stories of incredible survival flow out of areas affected and droves of volunteers and donations flow into them. In Tuscaloosa, a UA student named Adam Melton was sitting on his porch when his neighbors started yelling that the tornado was coming. Melton and his friends ran for the basement of a nearby house. When the storm hit, the house was lifted off its foundation and grazed Melton’s started pulling people from the wreckage of the house. While nothing can make up for the loss of life we’ve seen, the outpouring of human kindness like Adam’s and so many others’ is enough to make anyone feel a bit better.