It’s pretty much on record that after the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Ladin was expecting nothing more than a small, token, response by the United States. He figured that the US didn’t have it in us to do much more than that, and perhaps rightfully so. After the 1998 embassy attacks in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people (including 12 Americans) and injured 5,000 others, the United States responded with just a few missile launches into Afghanistan.
Yet our response to 9/11 was so much more. The US obliterated the Taliban. Special Forces and drone strikes systematically eliminated top al-Qaeda leaders. The terrorist group became unorganized, splintered, and even hated among Muslims themselves. Bin Ladin’s stature was diminished and his dreams thwarted. Even 10 years later, Osama himself now ceases to exist.
We continually talk about not letting the terrorist win. They’re not. Nor will they ever.
After the bombings in Boston, once again we saw the country come together. Two days ago I showed how Chicago Blackhawks’ fans came together to show their support during the national anthem.
Now, there’s a response from Boston themselves. This is the national anthem from the Bruins-Sabres game; the first game played since the bombing. Here is but another example of what love of country and togetherness looks like. We’re winning and here’s proof.