CSUF students react to death of Osama bin Laden

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President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden late Sunday night, ending the 10-year search for the man responsible for the terror attacks Sept. 11, 2001. Cal State Fullerton students are reacting to the victory.

“I was very surprised when first hearing of bin Laden’s death,” said Aida Cassillas, a psychology major. “After watching Obama’s speech, I was initially shocked then quickly relieved that the U.S. finally conquered one of their top priorities.”

Bin Laden, the most hunted man in the world, was not found in remote tribal areas where he has long been presumed to be sheltered, but in a large compound in the city of Abbottabad, about an hour’s drive north from the Pakistani capital, according to reports from CNN.

According to the Los Angeles Times this was not an execution; bin Laden resisted arrest. The al-Qaida leader was killed by U.S. gunfire after 40 minutes of continuous battle with the U.S. special operations team.

“Nothing of value was lost,” said Matthew Jarvis, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science.  “He is a pretty bad man and majorly responsible for the death of thousands and suffering of many people. As far as people who deserve killing, he is kind of up there.”

As a professor who focuses on American politics, Jarvis is interested in what is going to happen to Obama’s approval ratings. He assumes they will probably jump up significantly, but there are also conspiracy reactions largely from the Birther crowd claiming bin Laden’s death to be a hoax.

While many students found the news of bin Laden’s death a triumph, some students, like Aundrea Rodriguez, a criminal justice major, are overwhelmed with the ongoing coverage.

“I am a little annoyed. Of course everybody is talking about it and all my teachers have to bring it up in class and I am a little skeptical,” said Rodriguez.

According to a recent report from The New York Times Monday, one of bin Laden’s wives, who was living at the compound with him, identified his body after the fighting stopped and questions needed to be dispelled whether bin Laden was actually killed.

Officials said the Central Intelligence Agency analysis found a “virtually 100 percent” match between his DNA and that of several members of his family.

Students like Michael Teixeira, a political science major, agree that his first reaction was skepticism.

“At first I wasn’t sure if this was real. After listening to much of the media, I was convinced and proud of what our troops and our country did and I felt like it united the entire nation again, which is something we need,” said Teixeira.

The nation shared a sense of accomplishment late Sunday night as Obama stated, “On Sept. 11, 2001, in our time of grief, American people came together, we were united as one American family … We are also united in our resolve to protect our nation and to bring those who committed this vicious attack to justice.”

Despite what some skeptics think, many students feel justice has been served.

“This is definitely a victory for the U.S.A,” said Justin Aranda, an accounting major.

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