Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan happy but cautious at bin Laden's death
By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press – 22 minutes ago
SALAVAT, Afghanistan — Word that U.S. forces had killed terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden swept through a small Canadian patrol base in southern Afghanistan on Monday like a brush fire.
Initial disbelief gave way to cautious optimism and outright jubilation as soldiers passing each other asked: "Have you heard?"
"I just found (out) a few moments ago. Good news, another indication that we're winning the war," said a beaming Warrant Officer Gabriel Bernard as he gave a double thumb's up.
"Hopefully, it's a step forward toward world peace and a resolution for the conflict here in Afghanistan."
Some wondered what the reaction might now be from both al-Qaida and the insurgents in Afghanistan. "Many consider him a saint," said one man on the base, who preferred not to be identified.
Others _ whose first question in the news-deprived environment of the base near Salavat in Panjwaii district was "Are you kidding?" _ said they did not think they would see the day.
"I did not expect it to happen on my tour," said Sgt. Michel Pelletier.
"I guess it's a step forward because they've been trying for so long to get him."
Pelletier said bin Laden's death in neighbouring Pakistan might put a dent in the insurgents' morale, temporarily.
However, he expressed skepticism that it would change anything in Afghanistan, where Canadians along with their NATO allies have spent almost a decade fighting a stubborn insurgency following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
"I'm sure they have other leaders who probably are going to step up," Pelletier said of al-Qaida.
"I don't see this war changing that fast."
At Canadian headquarters at Kandahar Airfield, military officials called bin Laden's death "significant."
At the same time, Capt. Annie Djiotsa, task force spokeswoman, said the killing would have no impact on Canada's combat mission as it winds down ahead of the July withdrawal.
"The threat remains and we are focused on the job at hand that the Canadian, Afghan and our international partners expect us to complete," Djiotsa said.
"We shall continue to apply the same commitment to the mission as we have been doing every day in the districts of Dand and Panjwaii."
On the base near Salavat, one soldier went from tent to tent to announce the news he had just learned via the Internet.
The death quickly became a topic of conversation, with phrases like "That's great" and "Good news" tossed out frequently.
They wanted to know where and how the operation was carried out.
One American soldier said he wondered if U.S. President Barack Obama would try to take credit for bin Laden's killing.
"The military did all the work," he said to a buddy, to strenuous agreement
Eleven People Killed As Taliban Announces Spring Offensive In Afghanistan
The killing of Osama Bin Laden comes as Taliban-led militants announced a springtime offensive in Afghanistan, killing at least 11 people on Sunday. In one attack, a suicide bomber said to be 12 years old killed four people.The Taliban has warned civilians to stay away from public gatherings, military bases and convoys, as well as government offices.
Bin Laden's body was later buried at sea, an official said. Many Muslims adhere to the belief that bodies should be buried within one day.
The official did not release additional details about the burial, but said it was handled in keeping with Muslim customs.
Fuzz wrote:Can we leave Afghanistan yet? Please?
I don't understand all the partying going on. Hundreds of thousands dead in 2 wars, plus the terrorist attacks, and 1 guy gets killed, who hasn't had a hand in anything for years, and its party time?
What I said was that it was uncanny that they were cheering for the death of a person with flags waving, chanting "USA, USA!", singing the "Star Spangled Stripes", "God Bless America", and that "Nah, nah, nah goodbye whatever" song. To me, that didn't sit well. My first reaction to Osama's death wasn't joy, or anger, but just shock and surprise. The thing that was uncanny about them cheering was that, at first glance, its almost no different than the people who cheered for the fall of the towers on 9/11 on the other side of the world.
And was this really all done for justice?
Had his accomplished anything?
And yet, it astounds me that many Americans, Fox News, are all like "AMERICA, F*CK YEAH!", "WE WON!!!!"
I think they knew where Osama was all along, and were waiting for the "right time" to go in and finally kill him
Is there any coincidence to the fact this happened on our election day here in Canada, where Harper is strongly aligned with Obama and the ongoing war in Afghanistan?
Holy shit!! They threw the body in the sea!! What were they thinking!!??
This all smells very "fishy" to me. It is possible they finally got him, but its also equally possible this is another conspiracy at work.
Hammer_Time wrote:Good article:
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/05/ ... index.html
clone wrote:personally I found it all very odd, U.S claims they killed him then dump the body at sea??????!!!!!
when Saddam's boys were killed they paraded them through Iraq as a symbol, Saddam they put through the process of a trial that took almost a year before they hanged him yet after killing Osama by shooting him in the head?? 2 X's and then flying his body immediately out to see to dump it in the drink?
in the end it's not a change and little more than a symbol or a flag being changed.
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