It has been eight years since the name Osama Bin Laden was thrust into the global limelight, albeit in a chilling and disturbing light. I believe that no one who witnessed two passenger planes flying straight into the World Trade Center towers – whether first hand or on television – will ever forget that moment, or the mastermind behind it.
Since then, America has made it one of its goals to seek justice and reparation for the atrocities on that day. But in that eight years, we are still nowhere near that ‘ultimate prize’, if we could call it that: finding Osama.
President Barack Obama is picking up where his predecessor left off, in an effort to not simply find the terrorist leader, but perhaps even put an end to his ability to concoct even more chaos. It is, however, turning more and more into a perfect plot for another ‘Mission: Impossible’ movie.
It really is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Only time and a lot of luck will tell if the CIA can even get hold of Bin Laden’s actual home address. What they do have, though, is a general idea of where that address might be, and it certainly isn’t three houses from the corner of the third street down the road to the left.
He is believed to be holed up somewhere in the Hindu Kush mountains, hidden by tall mountains camouflaged with blankets upon blankets of avalanche-prone snow. There is no telling how high up these slopes he may be.
The only people who can possibly participate in this mission are the members of the U.S. Delta Force or the Navy SEALS, and they have to be dropped off from a very visible CH-47 Chinook helicopter. Not exactly the best way to launch a surprise attack against a known terrorist whose henchmen probably knows the terrain like the back of their hand.
A mission to this area will certainly mean loss of more American life. After all the lives that have been lost, I sometimes can’t help but ask — is justice really worth all this?