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scheming daemons Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 08:04 AM
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No one will ever know his name
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Imagine for a moment that you're a 14 or 15 year old boy on 9/11/01.

The events of that day are something your developing psyche wasn't quite ready for. You grew up in a world where there was one superpower, the U.S.A., and terrorism was something that happened "over there" and you never felt unsafe.

It changed you. You felt a sense of purpose now. You knew what you wanted to do and who you wanted to be.

In a few short years you joined the Navy and signed up to be a member of an elite fighting force called "Navy SEAL Team Six". The training was grueling, but you survived it. In your dreams many times you imagined what you'd do if you came face to face with Osama bin Laden.

After years of training for and performing missions that nobody other than your squad mates would know about, your team is giving the opportunity that every elite fighter in every special unit of the military has dreamed about. They know where Osama bin Laden is and they want you and your team to take him out.

Over a few months, you and your squad train in a mock-up of bin Laden's compound. You go over every detail again and again. Every scenario that can be imagined, every contingency that might need to be taken.

Then the call comes. We're going in.

Years of training have given you the confidence that your team will get the job done, but does your heart race as the helicopter carrying you gets close to the target?

As you and your mates spring into action with surgical precision, you eventually find yourself on the third floor in a bedroom with Osama bin Laden a few feet in front of you. Maybe he's firing back or not (we don't know quite for sure yet), but time slows down for you.

In that split second before you pull the trigger, does your finger quiver? Just a little bit?

You are face to face with the most notorious man the world has known since exactly 66 years earlier. You are about to perform an action that will change history.

You pull the trigger. Twice. Shooting the man in the head.

You have just done something that no American or Russian soldier in WW2 was ever faced with, because Hitler took care of the job for them before they could arrive at his compound.

You've just done what millions of military personnel the past 10 years have dreamed of doing.

.... and the world will never know your name.

Because of safety concerns for the families of you and your SEAL teammates, nobody will ever know ANY of your names.

Except for each other and a VERY few members of the military and government, nobody will ever know that it was YOU that killed Osama bin Laden.

Not even your wife. Not even your parents.

There will be no interviews with Matt Lauer, no hero's welcome. No photo ops on the White House lawn. No magazine covers.

No one will ever know what you did.

Except you.

And the people who have become your "family" over the years.

That 14 or 15 year old boy who was abruptly shaken out of his comfort zone 10 years ago has grown into the man who stood face to face with the man who has become the world's boogeyman and pulled the trigger.

.... and no one will ever know his name.
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