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Five Years After Osama Bin Laden’s Death

by Analisa Novak

It’s been five years since we caught Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind behind 9/11. It’s been five years since we brought justice into the lives of those who were affected by this tragedy.

Five years ago when Bin Laden was killed, Americans went to the streets in unity. They went to the state capitol and cheered as the United State’s flag hung in the background. It was a moment of peace and closure to those affected by the terrorist attacks.

Blissfully speaking, this was something that America needed to show the world that justice will always prevail. Books and movies of this event followed right after the official announcement of his death. Everyone wanted to know what happened, how he was killed and who was there.

A great mystery still surrounds that day; no one has ever publicly seen Bin Laden’s body. Conspiracy theorist have drawn out theories that he was never captured. Many wanted to know who put the bullet into his head that ended his life. But in those five years, can we really say we are safer?

Even though we captured and killed him doesn’t mean that his legacy doesn’t live on. ISIS and Taliban forces still promote terrorism by murdering innocent victims. Recently the brazen attacks in Brussels and Paris have caught the attention of the world, but these attacks that may seem sporadic, have been in continuous motions for the years after his death.

Earlier this week a bomb exploded killing 32 in southern Iraq. Afghanistan and Iraq continue to be danger zones along with Syria, who has been most affected by the ISIS terror group. Daily bombing occur in these countries and the death toll continues to climb. While this may not be splashed over the media like the Brussels attack was, it is a reality of what is left even after the world most wanted terrorist dies.

Bin Laden was a representation of terror, but not the force that drives it. Terrorist attacks continue to happen and will continue to happen no matter who else steps into role. The world will continue to face danger because it is hate that drives people to preform such evil, not respect. Bin Laden was a martyr to many, but his death did not affect or stop terrorist attacks from happening.