Cal Young/ Harlow Neighborhoods react to Osama bin Laden’s Death
by Christina Kempster
EUGENE, Ore. — Members of the Cal Young/Harlow Neighborhood believe that justice has been served.
Sunday May 1 marked the end of an almost 10-year manhunt for Osama bin Laden, leader of al Qaeda. According to President Barack Obama in his address to the Nation Sunday night, United States forces initiated an attack on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, a location bin Laden had allegedly been hiding. After a firefight bin Laden was killed and his body was taken into United States custody.
News of bin Laden’s death spread quickly through Facebook and Twitter, however Eugene neighborhood members said that they received the news through television broadcast.
Rick Medlen, resident in the Cal Young/Harlow Neighborhood was watching Sport Center when broadcasters reported the news of bin Laden’s death and encouraged people to tune into ABC news.
Medlen looks back on September 11, 2001 in “absolute disbelief”, he recalled that it was difficult to absorb the chaos of all the events that transpired. In response to Sundays events he said, “I don’t believe that a death is ever justified. But I do believe in justice and I think justice has been done.”
Medlen’s view, that death is never justified, is also shared by that of Pastor Audrey Schindler of the Westminster Presbyterian Church on Coburg Road. Her reaction she says is mixed of sadness, toward all the lives that have already been lost, and relief that this brought the end of a chapter and hopefully a peace filled future.
Initially Schindler was concerned about the image that America was sending to the world by rejoicing at the loss of life. Having lived abroad in Australia she said, “I have a sense of how the perception of Americans is abroad and how it can be colored by the way, what is picked up in the media,which is sometimes the more inflammatory bits.”
Retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Don Brunk served our country for 29 years, now he changes the pin locations every Tuesday at the Oakway Golf Course. He spoke with pride for his country and said that this is a well-earned victory.
Brunk expressed concern, however, at the way the media covered the events. “The average person can’t handle the magnitude of the disaster that happened,” Brunk said.
Often times the medias portrayal of the war showed Americans too much of what is going on overseas.
“The media is our worst enemy in this country,” Brunk said. He called on Journalists to take heart and recognize that not everyone will know destruction like a military man can.