Colchester residents react to the killing of Osama bin Laden

By Kevin Hotary - Staff Writer
Colchester - posted Mon., May. 9, 2011
Beth Meekins
Beth Meekins

The killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on May 1 in Pakistan elicited an array of responses and emotions across the globe, from threats of retribution to hopes that this was just a necessary step on the road to a more peaceful world. And while relatively few people in eastern Connecticut have had to face directly the threat and horrors of terrorism, our friends and family are all in some way affected.

Soon after the death of bin Laden, several Colchester residents were asked for their responses to his killing, and if they now feel that the United States is now more secure against the threat of terrorism.

Beth Meekins used to live in New York and in Washington, D.C. For her, the killing of bin Laden brought back memories.

“I got emotional remembering 9/11,” she said, particularly when she discussed events with her young son. “But I don’t feel safer,” she added.

Tim Joseph said, “The guys over there did a great job. It’s one more step in wrapping things up. I feel that since he’s gone, it’s more of a burden off of our shoulders. But there’s still that threat of terrorism.”

Tim True said, “I don’t think we’re necessarily any safer. It’s good news that we were able to get the mastermind behind 9/11, but the extremists are still out there, so we have to continue to be as vigilant as we have been the last 10 years.”

Mark Noel said, “I felt that he was ‘retired’ anyway. I feel kind of safer now that he’s gone, but there’s always a threat. We’re always going to be threatened.”

Theresa Noel said, “I feel like someone else is going to take his place. That’s what I’m worried about. We don’t need any more killing.”

Dylan Noel was only 3 years old on the day of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, so he has grown up under the threat of bin Laden-inspired terrorism. His response to the killing was straightforward: “I’m just glad he’s gone,” he said.

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