May 9, 2011
May 4, 2011
May 3, 2011
- proof that he is really dead
- people won't get angry at Obama like they did with the birth certificate thing
- will overtake the royal wedding in the media - score!
- American citizens will feel the government is being open, honest, sharing information, etc.
- people might find it too gory and offensive
- it will make Al Qaeda more angry at us; bring shame to them
- might motivate someone to retaliate against the US
- people might not think that the picture is real (PhotoShop?!)
- even people who didn't support Al Qaeda might turn against us
- Al Qaeda might use it to recruit uneducated Muslims - "look what they did!" - it could be used as propaganda against the US
May 2, 2011
So there would not be a shrine dedicated to him. Like there was one for Hitler.
How did the Palestinian government not know about Osama being their?
There is a chance that Pakistan did know that he was there because the compound where Osama bin
Laden was killed by U.S. forces is located a bit more than 1,000 yards from a Pakistan Military Academy.
When did we get the knowledge that allowed us to find Osama bin Laden, and could we have reacted
Last august. No i personally do not think we could have reacted sooner. we needed to take the proper precautions.
We finally got him. This is a video of president Obama giving a speach about how we finally killed Osama bin Laden.
this is a video from ABC news were they talk about the breaking news of Osama bin laden's death.
this is a page on CNN.com that talks about what happened in the firefight that killed Osama bin laden and three others.
this is a link that goes to a yahoo document that speaks about what we think will become of al-Qaida.
The front page of the New York times that talks about the fortunate death of Osama bin Laden.
this is a link to the washing ton examiner page about Osama bin Laden's death.
The Osama bin Laden death was a shocking, world changing event for everyone. Ever since the initial terrorist attacks done in New York City in 2001, Americans truly wanted bin Laden silenced. This mission dealing with killing Osama really came into view in 2009, because, “In 2009, they located his region of operation and began tracking him” (abc News). The actual plan of organizing this dated back to August of 2010 and at any cost, they “prepared to ramp up security in the event of his demise” (The Daily Iowan). In August Obama searched and got the hiding compound and whereabouts in Pakistan of bin Laden, and on April 29th of 2011, after several NSC (National Security Council) meetings, the decision to send out a “special force to take out bin Laden…” (neontommy.com). May 1, 2011, then brought out his address that bin Laden is now dead.
2. What will be in store for al-Qaeda?
A group of U.S. navy seals had recently shot Al Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden. Of course this is great news for America, the President, and of course the brave soldiers who entered the compound in which bin Laden was hiding. People, not only in America were very happy. Many took to the streets with joy. In our nation, millions were outside chanting “USA, USA!” But even though this was a historic victory for us, it made Osama bin Laden’s terrorist group, Al Qaeda very mad. Al Qaeda, including bin Laden never thought that he could be taken down. Well he is dead now and people of Al Qaeda want the U.S. dead. CIA Director Leon Panetta said that Al Qaeda will, "almost certainly will attempt to avenge" the death of their leader. Al Qaeda’s main engine may have died (as well as his son), but the organization still does exist and it is not happy. Now all Al Qaeda has to do is pull themselves together and probably prepare for an attack. "Al Qaeda is weakened. But it doesn't mean that the United States has no challenges," Steven L. Spiegel, director for Middle East development at the University of California Los Angeles, said early Monday. The Taliban are also upset that we were victorious and killed their leader. A blogger for CNN said in one of their posts, “Bin Laden’s dead, but ‘it’s not over’”.
3. Did someone in the city give us insider information about the compound?
The killing of Osama bin Laden did not just occur. It was backed by months of extensive military investigations. The compound of bun Laden was near one of the American military hubs about 35 miles north of Pakistan. The American military was led to the compound after American spies located a courier of bin Laden in the compound, but they had their doubts that he was the only one there. The New York Times stated that, “The property was so secure, so large, that American officials guessed it was built to hide someone far more important than a mere courier.” Even though bin Laden had never actually been seen in the compound, American spies were convinced he was inside.
Through months of research, American spies came to the conclusion that bin Laden and his family were hiding inside. They were so concerned about their security that they had no phone or internet connection and they burn their trash instead of putting it on the curb to be picked up like their neighbors. Finally, on Sunday, May 1st President Obama ordered a helicopter assault by a few navy SEALs on bin Laden’s compound. He was shot in the head after he resisted the assault along with his son. The New York Times stated, “…ended in the death of Bin Laden on Sunday and concluded one of histories most extensive and frustrating manhunts.” Finally, the life of America’s number one most wanted criminal and terrorist has been brought to justice.
Here is an interview we took about the bin Laden death and what will be in store for al-Qaeda.
There are many answers to our questions. Our questions depend on the public so there would be varied opinions. We felt that the public was the best people to ask because to us that is where the real opinions are. Our sources really give different opinions and views of what people think. We chose all of our questions for the same reason. We wanted to get a wide variety of opinions because everyone had a different experience.
• How you do feel now compared to 9/11
-compared with 5 years ago, 39% of Americans say they feel less safe now, compared with only 14% who say they felt safer. 46% say they feel the same. Via mypetjawa.mu.nu
• What was your first reaction of his death?
-“I don’t think the justice is done yet. When over 900,000 people died, I don’t think that killing Osama Bin Laden has allowed justice to be done. He is just one person. This is not the end of everything.” Via tumblr.com, ohbicycle.
• How do you think this will affect us in the future?
-“Im not going to say getting Osama was bad. The argument that it’ll spur more anger is, in my opinion, actually a pretty bad one. Killing Osama might cause more terrorist attacks, but what was the alternative? Letting him live and keeping a guarantee of more terrorist attacks?” via absolutepunk.net
1. Will Al Qaeda still be a threat to our country now?
2. Do people believe that now that Osama has been killed, the tragic event of 9/11 has been avenged?
It looks like a lot of people feel like “Justice has been done” in the words of Obama, and they feel that all the grief they suffered for their loved ones has been triumphed by the fact that one man, the one who basically single-handedly killed them all, is dead. It’s a sort of a cruel sense of revenge, and we certainly would not be the human race without it. I noticed that in this tagxedo project made with words from Obama's speech, One of the biggest words besides "Qaeda" and "Bin Laden" are "Country", "American," and "people." This makes me think that Obama is proud of us as a country, because we were able to track the threat to the country and eliminate it (even though this was just ONE GUY, and he killed THOUSANDS of us, but never mind).
Q. How did Osama Bin Laden die?
A. After a 40 minute firefight, Osama bin Laden was shot in the head and died along with 4 others, one being a woman. During the firefight, not one US official was wounded or killed.
"...there are photographsd of the body with a gunshot wound to the side of the head that shows an individiual that is not unrecognizable as bin Laden."
Q. How did the public react to his (Osama's) death?
A. All those who were interviewed felt both happiness and sorrow for his death. They were glad that the US ridded of the man behind the 9/11 attack, but at the same time, that emotion was mixed with the feeling of sadness and pity because the sole fact that a life was lost is a sad one.
(All those interviewed)
Q. Was it worth spending 10 years, 2 wars, 919,967 deaths, and $1,188,263,000,000 on 1 person?
A. There were many answers, but most of them said the same thing using different words. They all basically said,
"The first thought I had in my mind was that it didn't bring my son back. You cut the head off a snake, you'd think it would kill the snake. But someone will take his place. People like him still exist. The fact that he's gone is not going to stop terrorism."
"It's taken a while to do it, but we've done it. It's a really good thing to get out there — if you fool around with the U.S., you will be caught." "Many segments will try to avenge this ... There's still a great danger there." Still, he said: "There's no such thing as closure."
Where was Osama bin Laden hiding?
What does Osama bin Laden’s death mean for the war on terrorism? Is an attack in retaliation expected on US or Pakistan?
“Yet his death does not mark the end of our effort. There’s no doubt that al Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must –- and we will -- remain vigilant at home and abroad.”
2. What did Obama say about it?
3. How are Americans reacting?
Osama bin Ladin's death was responded to in many ways. Some people responded with fear. His NY Times obituary says, "his greatest hope, he told supporters, was that if he died at the hands of the Americans, the Muslim world would rise up and defeat the nation that had killed him." In Barack Obama's speech responding to this turn of events, he says, "His death does not mark the end of our effort. There is no doubt that Al Quaeda will continue to persue attacks against us. We must, and we will, remain vigilant at home and abroad." This means that our wars will still go on the way they were before.
However, there are many people in the United States who are thrilled. There were roaring parties at Times Square and in front of the White House where young people gathered with large American flags and jumped around screaming, dancing, and climbing trees. Some people had funny responses, one Youtube comment on a video of Obama's speech says "does this mean I can now carry full bottles of shampoo on the plane?" Obama's speech was very composed and calm. He described this situation with solemn language. He then explained how Al Quaeda was still a force to be reckoned with, and this would not affect the amount of vigilance we have.
All night I was thinking about how to best teach you guys today. Should we read bin Laden's obituary in the New York Times? Should we watch President Obama's address to the nation on YouTube? What about these amazing photographs of people - regular people - reacting? What about analyzing a Wordle cloud of Obama's speech? Or a Tagxedo? How about looking at all the different newspaper headlines? (I especially enjoy the one from the Philadelphia Daily News...it's classic Philly!)
Then, while skimming through my tweets this morning, I saw this one from Alfie Kohn:
This tweet stuck with me all morning and helped me figure out what to do with you today. Shout out to Alfie Kohn for helping me - wooo!
So here's your challenge. You can fly solo or collaborate with a group (no more than 3 ppl per group).
- Decide: What are the three most important questions to YOU about Osama bin Laden's death?
- Browse: Surf the net for all things Osama. Look for sources that will answer your questions, or at least relate. Sources can be text, video, photo, newspaper headline, blog, tweet, whatever. Trying to figure out how "regular" people are feeling about Osama's death? You can go interview people in the building to capture their thoughts. Take a Flip camera. Make your OWN primary source!
- Prioritize: Of the hundreds of thousands of choices, select six primary source artifacts that you think best answer your questions. You can do two sources per question, or perhaps one is enough for some questions and you can use three for another. It's up to you. (Since I know someone will ask, yes, it's okay to use any of the sources I posted above.)
- Reflect: Is there more than one answer to your question? Does it matter who is answering? How do your precious chosen sources answer your questions? Can your questions even be answered? Reflect in writing about each question. No need to be formal with your thoughts. Just get them out and down.
- Synthesize: Put your questions, sources and answers all together in one fantabulous blog post. Post it here to 8-1 smarties.
You have 90 minutes. GO!
April 26, 2011
April 25, 2011
In this image there is a mob attacking this black women. This black girl if trying to get into school, but this mob is stopping her and getting in her path. This shows how much whites did not want to go through with integrated schools. I don't understand how a people could act like this. This black lady has done nothing wrong.
By Haley Huxley
PEOPLE strike back
Are too scared,
But when PEOPLE
PEOPLE fight back
What they think
Lived in Arkansas
They were called
The Little Rock Nine,
Schools were not equal
Schools were not fair
Fought for PEOPLE
To be together,
Will be History
Whatever the Race
Will be PEOPLE
April 24, 2011
During the time leading up to the integration of schools in Little Rock, Arkansas, some groups and individuals affected school integration history negatively, while some affected the integration positively. The government of the state of government, the courts, and the governor all affected the integration in a negative way. Governor Orval Faubus ordered, “The state's National Guard to forbid nine black children to enter the Little Rock Central High School.” A crowd of white people opposing the integration of the school gathered to help the National Guard prevent the nine black students from entering the school. Eventually, president Dwight D. Eisenhower “very reluctantly” ordered the state’s National Guard. Due to the incident, the school was closed for the year of the unruly protest, but the next year, the nine black students were able to attend. The nine kids at the center of the unruly protests affected the integration positively. They didn’t give up trying to go to scool, but continued through the crowd. They also did not fight back at the crowds, which I think affected scholl integration history positively.
April 21, 2011
In this case, the desegregation of schools in Little Rock, Arkansas definitely was another example of a group choice whose effect arose into surrounding racial conflict. In this case, the group was the formal State Court of Arkansas. In a source from Amistad Digital Resource, it states that, "Less than a week before the 1957 school year began, the Arkansas state court ordered Little Rock to reverse the city's desegregation plan." This then backfired on the black students who wished to attend "regular" school with whites. What was then done after this State Court decision was Governer Faubus instructed the National Guard of the state to guard the Central High School armed. These guards eventually had the job of stopping the Little Rock 9, nine black students who wished to go into the High School.
What rose out of this situation was pure violence towards black people, including the one black girl, who was surrounded by a mob of whites in the live footage video. Another example of this sort of horrific violence is the well-dressed black man being pushed around and then hit in the back side of the head with a brick. So, the main groups of whites shaped the integration of schools in Arkansas to turn into more unnecessary tensions between whites and blacks. These types of group hatreds against others have, unfortunately, been a common beat in the history of humans.
April 20, 2011
MATTHEW ANGLE’s Response to the Little Rock 9
I think that the question ‘how do the choices of individuals and groups shape history?’ is a very important question, yet one hard to fathom. It is pretty broad and general after all. I mean there are a lot of ways that someone or some people can shape history by their choices, but there are more specific ways and I think that if one is to ponder this question deeply enough, it will be rather easy to break down.
This (question) can easily fall into the choices made in the incident of Little Rock 9, that took place in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. Truthfully I think that the entire act of Little Rock 9 falls under that question (above). Really everything that happened there was a strong decision that, once made, had to be followed. The mob of white people angry because nine intelligent black teenagers were going to attend Little Rock’s Central High really draws a picture of what I would call ‘extremely extreme racism’.
On top of that I have to say that it was all very unnecessary, but we are talking about the south in the 50’s so what would you expect, people would likely revolt and riot against nine black kids entering a white school. It was horrible.
The thing that leads into the beginning question was the one important move those nine kids made. They chose to move forward and go to the school. Not only were they smart, they were brave too. To be a black person in the south in the 50’s and walk in front a mob of white people, who, if they could, would kill you, takes a little more than a lot of courage. They want to go to school and be educated and be done with segregation. Another person who made an important choice and put their foot down was the former President Eisenhower who employed federal troops to stop the racist mob, going against the governor of Arkansas’ beliefs. Sometimes it is not an act that makes up choices; sometimes it is choices that make up an act.