In a covert strike by a small team of American forces, Osama bin Laden, the figurehead of the al Qaeda terrorist network, was fatally shot Sunday night in a compound in northern Pakistan. The al Qaeda leader responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon had eluded capture for nearly a decade, as United States Armed Forces waged extended campaigns in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
While scenes of jubilation stream in from Washington and New York City, the community of Pierce College reacts to the electrifying news.
The Student Veteran Organization, which advocates for the roughly 500 veterans of Pierce College, thought that justice had been served but little would change in the way of policy.
“It’s a good day; it’s a great day to be an American,” said Juan Sirri, 24, a U.S. Marine sergeant and Iraq war veteran that serves as the SVO’s “group operations” expert. “This gives closure to the people who lost their loved ones.”
“Our main goal is that we’re not going to deter from the enemy, and that’s what [this mission] showed,” said SVO President Christopher Sorbello, 30, an Army veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom from 2001-2007.
But even with the death of bin Laden, the United States’ terror policy “is not gonna change at all, according to Kort Huettinger, SVO vice president and veteran Coast Guard petty officer 3rd class. None of the SVO leaders, in fact, thought that Osama bin Laden’s death would impact terror policy, but the morale of al Qaeda “was bent,” said Huettinger.
So was justice served?
“F**k yeah,” said Sorbello. “F**k yeah.”
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