Osama Bin Laden's Death
In my opinion, the most significant event to occur in the past few years was the death of Osama Bin Laden. Almost exactly a year ago, President Obama ordered a strike force of 20 odd Navy Seals, transported in two Black Hawk helicopters and two Chinook helicopters,to attack a compound just over the Pakistan/Afghan border on the Pakistan side. For 8 months, the compound had been under surveillance and it was discovered that Osama Bin Laden was living there. The Navy Seals took the compound by force quickly wounding two women and killing several men closely related to or employed by Bin Laden. They also killed Bin Laden with two bullets. His body was respectfully dumped in the ocean and the compound was searched for information.
This was an incredibly important event because Osama Bin Laden was the head of Al Qaeda. He was one of the few men who had successfully evaded the United States for many years. He was responsible for countless terrorist attacks and yet he had never been brought to justice. Finally on that day he was. In addition to a tremendous psychological relief, Bin Laden's death crippled Al Qaeda and the fact that he did not have an escape plan, along with the intelligence found in the building showed that what was once a powerful organization was truly on its last legs. With Osama gone there seems to have been very little Al Qaeda activity which was something the world feared constantly for more than a decade.