Archived: Battle at Puebla and Killing of Bin Laden Are Lessons In Perseverance

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Cinco de Mayo celebrates a battle won by a small group of poorly-armed, cold, wet and desperate Mexican patriots against what was then the world’s greatest army, the French,.

The defenders of Puebla’s defeat of the French Army that day allowed their duly elected president, Benito Juarez, to escape capture by the French. While it was a glorious victory, it was not the end of the war. It would take another ten years to oust the French and their Emperor and Empress, Maximillian and Josephine.

What we should learn from that event in Mexican history is that when brave people step forward, great victories can be won.

We should also learn that great accomplishments sometimes take time.

Unless you’ve been in a coma up until now, you know that a U.S. special ops team of Navy Seals shot and killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan last Sunday.

On orders from President Barack Obama, they secretly entered bin Laden’s compound in a highly populated area of Pakistan, and killed the man believed to be the mastermind of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. More than 3,000 people were killed.
Though it took nearly 10 years to find bin Laden and, as President Obama said on Sunday, achieve “justice” for the victims and their families, the world should know that the   lesson here is the U.S. will never stop pursuing those who dare to attack us.

A debate is taking place across the country as to whether the president should allow pictures and video of bin Laden’s death to be released to the public. Conspiracy theorists are already filling the Internet with their views that the president’s claims that bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces is a lie, and a political tactic to garner favor with Americans going into the 2012 elections.

Others see the releasing of the “death photos” as unnecessary and unseemly, and “contrary to American values” as one person at Ground Zero told a reporter yesterday.

For its part, the administration has expressed concern that the release of photos or photo will be viewed with rage by Muslims across the world, and could spark new terrorists acts.

President Obama has reportedly told CBS News in a recorded interview to be televised Sunday on “60 Minutes,” that he will not authorize the release of the photos.

This reticence demonstrates differences in the ethical and moral conscience of our government as opposed to that of al-Qaeda.

Al-Qaeda members murdered their captives in front of cameras and relayed the images to the world on more than one occasion. Yet it is actions they are believed to abhor.

While the images are sure to be graphic, we believe the president should release a photo of the slain bin Laden. To do so will quiet some who do not believe bin Laden is dead, and emphasize to the world the U.S.’s resolve to pursue those who seek to harm us.

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