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There are some days where it feels like all of one’s birthdays have come at once. The last time this has been the case was likely when Qasem Soleimani was torn apart compliments of a drone strike back in 2020. Soleimani had long been, to put it at its mildest, a thorn in the sides of America and the rest of the world.
Having killed so many innocent people, his death was not only welcomed, but indeed celebrated. Now, it seems to be that time of year again. Today’s good news comes to us courtesy of a drone attack that occurred this past Sunday evening.
It is now being reported that:
Aiman al-Zawahiri, one of the world’s most wanted terrorists, has been killed in a US drone strike in Kabul.
The US killed al-Qaeda leader Aiman al-Zawahiri in an airstrike in the Afghan capital Kabul. ‘Justice has been served. This terrorist leader is no longer alive,” said Joe Biden during a television speech on Monday evening (local time).
The successful operation is a clear signal to all enemies of the USA: “No matter how long it takes, no matter where you are hiding: If you are a threat to our population, the USA will find you and eliminate you.”
It was further reported that:
Al-Zawahiri had taken over the leadership of al-Qaeda after the death of Osama bin Laden, who was killed by US Special Forces in Pakistan in 2011. Born in Egypt, al-Zawahiri was considered a central figure behind the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States that killed around 3,000 people. The United States put a $25 million bounty on his head.
The US secret services located the terrorist leader in Kabul at the beginning of the year, said Joe Biden. Al-Zawahiri lived there with his family. The action had been prepared for months.
A week ago he then gave the order to eliminate al-Zawahiri, said the US President. No other person was killed or injured in the attack. Neither did anyone from al-Zawahiri’s family. “The mission was a success.”
Thefirstlightreport.com went on to state that:
According to a government official, al-Zawahiri was killed when he stepped onto the balcony of his shelter in Kabul. The drone attack took place at 6:18 a.m. (local time) on Sunday morning. It is the first known US attack in Afghanistan since US troops and diplomats and their allies left the country last summer.
The radical Islamic Taliban condemned the drone attack on a residential building in Kabul and accused the United States of violating international principles and the treaty to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan. The Taliban took control of Afghanistan last summer. The Taliban government is not recognized internationally.
So, there are occasions, as Gwendolyn remarked in The Importance Of Being Earnest, where becomes more than a duty to speak one’s mind, it becomes a pleasure. Well, this is one such occasion. Economics is often referred to as the “dismal science”.
However, the word “dismal” often could not be a better descriptor to describe the desolate and depressing landscape of politics. It is typically depressing and as certain to bear bad news as death and taxes, as they say. But, at least on this day, there is a reprieve as there is now one less terrorist in the world. A point which, hopefully, can be a bipartisan celebration.