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Editorial: Osama bin Laden's death is battle won, but war not over

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Sunday’s announcement that Osama bin Laden was killed was indeed welcome news for a nation still reeling from a blow dealt nearly a decade ago.

Nearly 10 years ago, the nation watched as two jetliners crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 people in the process. Another crashed in a Pennsylvania field, reportedly en route to the White House.

The images haven’t left our minds: a massive fireball at the Twin Towers. Black smoke pouring from the World Trade Center. Dark specks that on closer inspection turned out to be people tumbling from the towers, people choosing a fate of death by fall over death by fire. The charred wall of the Pentagon. A scorched spot in the earth, where lives of those aboard Flight 93 abruptly ended after passengers bravely resisted hijackers aboard their plane.

It wasn’t a fight America went searching for, but one which was brought to our doorstep. Bin Laden admitted his role as mastermind of the attack and had been in hiding for years.

While Sunday’s late night word of the killing of Osama bin Laden was heralded throughout the country, we must remember one thing: The job is not over.

True, Sunday night’s surprise raid at a compound in Pakistan achieved one main objective in the war on terror, it was but the culmination of one battle. Other terrorists still exist. They will step into the role vacated in Sunday’s attack, perhaps masterminding new horrors around the globe.

And we must remain diligent to ensure that doesn’t happen.

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