Justice Has Been Served

An American flag tangles in the wind outside a McDonald's on Willakenzie Road.

Eugene Residents React to the Death of Osama bin Laden

Citizens of the Cal Young and Harlow area have mixed emotions regarding bin Laden’s death, but most feel pride for their country.

Casey Wilhelm

Eugene, ORE. — The residents of the Cal Young and Harlow neighborhood weighed in on the excitement surrounding the controversial death of Osama bin Laden on May 1, 2011.

American troops attacked the al Qaeda leader’s mansion in Pakistan and completed the mission with no civilian or American deaths. When the news broke in America, President Obama delivered a speech that confirmed the death. Americans throughout the nation felt a sense of pride and felt that justice had been served.

Although the majority of Americans celebrated the death of bin Laden, some, like Pastor Audrey Schindler from the Westminster Presbyterian Church on Coburg Road, felt that a life for a life does not solve much. She said we should not rejoice in the death of any human being, but instead the world should try to work together for peace, alluding to a Martin Luther King, Jr. quote she saw on Facebook after the news broke.

Schindler was concerned with the image America was sending to other countries with the elaborate parties celebrating the death of bin Laden, but she felt that this was “the end of part of a chapter and there is a sense of maybe things [came] back around.”

Rick Medlen, a resident of the area, remembered watching the September 11th attacks in “absolute disbelief.” Medlen was at home watching SportsCenter when the news of bin Laden’s death broke and he turned to ABC News to hear Obama’s speech. Medlen shared Schindler’s thought and was relieved to know that “this portion of this chapter is over and that we can move forward.” In response to bin Laden’s death, Medlen said, “I don’t believe that a death is ever justified. But I do believe in justice, and I think justice has been done.”

Americans shared the pride they had in their country together on May 1 and Elaine Stewart, a worker at the McKenzie Honey Farm & Gifts store, felt that proud feeling and considered herself blessed to live in the United States. The concern with the status of our troops overseas and the wars they are involved in was still a major issue for her and she thanked the young men and women who serve our country. She said the victims of the September 11 attack can now rest in peace and feels that justice has come full circle.

“Go get ‘em!” was Don Brunk’s attitude after the September 11th terrorist attacks. The veteran served in the United States Army for 29 years as a Command Sgt Maj. Brunk said the media shows the public too much and most people were not equipped to handle such chaos. Brunk said, bin Laden’s death “was a relief. It was well-earned because as long as he was alive he would continue to do what he was doing.”

On May 1, 2011 Americans celebrated the death of bin Laden and thought justice had been served. Many still felt that the death of any human being is something grave, and while it was natural to have pride in your country and armed forces, the death of anyone should be a somber matter.

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