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Area residents reflect on first anniversary of bin Laden's death

April 30, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Brian Austin
By Caleb Calhoun/Mobile Journalist

HAGERSTOWN — Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death, and Hagerstown resident John Leonard said he does not believe the war on terrorism has changed much since then.


“Killing Osama Bin Laden was basically an isolated incident,” he said. “We’ll just have to wait and see how it continues to go.”

Leonard, 48, was among area residents Monday who gave their thoughts on how the war on terrorism has been going since the killing of bin Laden. He added that he thinks the United States should continue to fight the war.

“I think we should keep it up for our own protection,” he said. “You never know what the terrorists are plotting.”

Brian Austin of Hagerstown said he does not think the war on terrorism mattered and that killing bin Laden did not change anything.

“We’re still over there fighting for something that should have been solved 10 years ago,” he said. “Terrorists are still doing what they do.”

Austin, 42, said he did not agree with the war on terrorism from the start.

“I don’t think the war has straightened up anything, really,” he said. “Being in America, we shouldn’t be worrying about somebody else and fighting for something in another country.”

Hagerstown resident Donna Long, however, said she thinks killing bin Laden did have a positive impact in the war on terrorism.

“I think it boosted America’s pride and our confidence in Obama,” she said. “Osama bin Laden needed to be taken out so that the progression of their war stops.”

Long, 48, added that she thinks the United States should bring its troops home.

“If they have to go through what they’re going through after we’ve gone over there and helped as much as we can and invested all this money, then that’s just what they have to do,” she said. “We went through our own Civil War. We don’t need to be involved in theirs.”

Tom Chase of Frederick, Md., said he thinks that killing bin Laden was a “significant success” in the war on terrorism.

“I don’t think his death was a good thing, but him being found and brought to justice, however that happens, was necessary,” Chase said. “The terrorists need to know that regardless of where they are, once the United States decides to put them on their list, they’re going to be found and brought to justice.”

Chase, 56, said the United States needs to now “reassess” what is going on.

“There’s a need to look into where we are now versus where we were in 2001,” he said. “I think the fact that we have not experienced in over 10 years another major event shows that the efforts that our servicemen and public service officials and our law enforcement people put into homeland security every day is being successful.”

Steve Culley of Hagerstown said he did not think bin Laden’s death changed much in the war on terrorism.

“It was good to get the guy, but somebody else just stepped in his shoes,” he said. “We should now go after countries that house terrorists.”

Culley, 51, added that he thinks terrorism is a growing threat.

“There are a lot of homegrown terrorists networks,” he said. “I think the war is escalating.”

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