May 2nd, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Historically, what does the killing of Osama bin Laden compare to?



FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The terror attacks of September 11, 2001 were unlike anything most Americans had ever seen. Three thousand of our own people slaughtered on our own soil. It was an event that saddened and terrified people across this country...but also unified them in a way that they hadn't been since maybe the Second World War.

Sadly, that unity was short lived. We've been a pretty divided nation since soon after those attacks and the partisan politics that have taken over Washington over the past few years have made things downright ugly. But last night, with the news of Osama Bin Laden's death, Americans were once again united. They converged on the streets of lower Manhattan near Ground Zero and outside the White House. There was singing and dancing and flag waving. A sense of victory, but remembrance too.

We haven't seen this sort of patriotism and sense of justice in a very long time. The United States hasn't had much success in the wars we've gotten involved in since World War Two. That was the last one we won outright.

It's been pointed in that both Osama bin Laden and Adolf Hitler were declared dead on the same day, May 1, more than 65 years apart...bin Laden yesterday courtesy of U.S. special forces. Hitler turned a gun on himself when he realized his dreams of world domination for Germany were a lost cause.

Here’s my question to you: Historically, what does the killing of Osama bin Laden compare to?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Kevin in Arlington, Virginia:
The fall of the Berlin Wall. As that was the beginning of the end of communism, bin Laden's death is the beginning of the end of radical Islamic fundamentalism.

Joe in Mankato, Minnesota:
This is like the end of the Korean War. It feels good at the moment, but in the end we are right back where we started.

Cliff in New York:
If you first eliminate head of government despots like Pol Pot, Idi Amin, Papa Doc Duvalier, Nicolae Ceausescu, and Slobodan Milosevic, Timothy McVeigh comes to mind.

Terri in San Luis Obispo, California:
The end of the Cold War. Although bin Laden's death ends his personal reign of terror and is a huge accomplishment, we will forever have enemies who wish Americans harm. I'm curious to see how Donald Trump is going to spin this to make it "his own personal victory."

Tom in Louisiana:
I think Osama Bin Laden's death best compares to the death of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Both were high profile criminal figures, with a flock of followers and both managed to elude authorities for years. Both faced grisly deaths at the end of gun barrels by the military. Then there is the War on Drugs vs. War on Terror symbolism which draws further similarity.

I think the excitement over the killing of bin Laden will have a very short shelf-life. His presence or absence on the planet has/had little impact on the daily lives of most of us, compared to serious economic problems the great majority of Americans face and have to deal with.

There's nothing for me to compare it to. I was a kid during 9/11; it's the victorious and wonderful end to something that has been going on for the majority of my life.

Susan in Idaho:
This is a coup that's incomparable. Bin laden was being hidden by those that knew what he had done. At the end of World War II, the Germans would have served Hitler up on a silver platter. It's a well known fact, skill and daring overcome ignorance and superstition. I've never known a navy seal but I am smitten.

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soundoff (249 Responses)
  1. Rich Stein

    Bigger than the capturing of Saddam, and perhaps almost equal to the death of Hitler. Hitler's death meant more to the world that does bin Laden's. However, in this new age of globalization and international relations, this is monumental for the entire world, especially for Islam.

    May 2, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  2. jc

    Nothing in my lifetime. Though it appeared some people were equating it with the U.S. mens hockey team beating Russia in the 1980 Olympics– the way people were draping themselves in flags and celebrating in the streets. Kind of strange in my opinion.

    May 2, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  3. Conor in Chicago

    The only comparison I can draw would be the targeted killing of the Munich terrorists.

    May 2, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  4. Andy in Vancouver, BC

    Nothing really. Lots of dictators and enemies have been fought and defeated before, but I think its safe to say that the war on terror is unlike any other war that has been fought. Bin Laden's killing is its own event – to say otherwise would not acknowledge the different world we live in.

    May 2, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  5. My V. Nguyen

    The surrender of Geronimo in the last Indian War.

    May 2, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  6. David of Alexandria VA

    Adolph Eichmann. Only not because they were each henous criminals hiding amidst "allies" for years (which they were). But, because dealing with each took extraordinary perseverence, dilligence, commitment to justice and extreeme courage to carry out. Each spanned numerous adminstrations which all continued the righteous fight of their predecessor without political grandstanding. And each sends a message to "evil doers" that, "You can run for a while, but we will inevitably get you."

    May 2, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  7. Terrence Cain

    Bin Laden's death is the equivalent to the death of Adolph Hitler. Today America can be proud again that our government delivered upon its promise to us that they would not let our enemies take away our pride and our humanity. Thank you, President Obama for ridding us of that monster Bin Laden! Thank you for doing what the Bush administration could not!

    Terrence Cain
    Big Spring, TX.

    May 2, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  8. Alton Bledsoe

    Jesse James. It took 10 years to get him.
    According to Wikipedia:
    The James brothers were most active with their gang from about 1866 until 1876, when their attempted robbery of a bank in Northfield, Minnesota, resulted in the capture or deaths of several members. They continued in crime for several years, recruiting new members, but were under increasing pressure from law enforcement. On April 3, 1882, Jesse James was killed by Robert Ford, who was a member of the gang living in the James house and who was hoping to collect a state reward on James' head.

    You can't compare Osama to Hitler. The carnage Hitler created was considerably more vast and took sacrifice by the people of entire nations.

    May 2, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  9. Pedro Lazaro San Juan, PR.

    This event compares with the announcement on May 1 of 1945 through BBC Radio of the death of Adolph Hitler.

    May 2, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  10. Donald

    Dissapointingly Jack it almost compares to 9/11.. I was shocked to see the images of Americans dancing in the streets over the death of our "countries enemy". It was disturbingly reminiscent of the video footage we saw 10 years ago of Al Qaeda doing the same when they celebrated the deaths of "thier countries enemy". At that time we looked on in Horror and condemed not only the acts of terrorism but also the joyful celebration of death not to be confused with justice. If we are to lead the world by example we need to grow up and send the right message to those looking on "That even in the pursuit of justice we dont welcome the death of our enemies with celebration and dancing." After all this is not an NFL football game right? we are seeking to inspire change that leads to peace if possible even among would be terrorist but with this kind of action I think we only inspire outrage and retaliation. We should greet this situation with gratitutde for justice but also with humility and understanding as one who seeks to inspire rather than ignite.

    May 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  11. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    well it's sure NOT the end of WWII, Jack, because the "war on terror" sure isn't over.

    I would say probably the execution of the American domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh in June of 2001.

    May 2, 2011 at 2:00 pm |

    tampa, fl to me, stepping on a cockroach.

    May 2, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  13. Harold from Anchorage-,AK

    First comes to mind: the deaths of Hitler and Stalin.
    But Trump won't be happy until he sees bin Laden's birth certificate

    May 2, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  14. Stephanie

    @jackcafferty For Israelis, capture of Adolf Eichmann. Architect of war against a religous group. Also buried @ sea., killed more than OBL.

    May 2, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  15. Jim in Alabama

    Jack, I think it would rank up there with the capture and execution of Saddam Hussain and Hitler, three of the most evil people in the history of the world. Now, we need to get Gadafi and Aymen Al Zwarawi.

    May 2, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  16. David in Tampa

    Jack, In a weird way it could be compared to the killing of Jesse James, Bonnie and Clyde or any number of really awful people that achieved folk hero status because they attacked unliked institutions. Whether robbing banks, trains or blowing up building, some people can't help but idolize bad guys. John Wesley Hardin once reportedly shot someone for snoring; bin Laden helps plan the destruction of the World Trade Centers, and both become romantic figures to the same kind of mentality that think gang lords are cool. But his demise does not raise to the level of ridding the world of a Hitler.

    May 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  17. Terry in Virginia

    While it would be easy to compare his death to the death of Hitler and others of his ilk, Osama bin Laden is not worth remembering. May he rot in Hell forever, all alone, and without hope or prayer of reincarnation or redemption.

    God bless our troops and the victims and survivors of 9/11/2001. You will always be remembered.

    May 2, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    Just another Delta Force type of operation........not that different from any other, save the name of the target.

    May 2, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  19. Russ in PA

    Why should it be compared to anything, particularly since there are probably more questions than answers: how was DNA info confirmed in less than a day? If Bin Laden was the 9/11 mastermind, why didn't Bush provide such details to the Taliban when he demanded they turn him over? Why did the FBI never list 9/11 on Bin Laden's most wanted Web page? And why on earth would the US dispose of his "body" by sea, when you would think that in 10 years they would have learned that is a no no to Muslims? Was it worth the money, lives and destruction of at least two countries? And lastly, does this signify the end of the Patriot Act and TSA?

    May 2, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  20. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I think it compares to the Doolittle raid. We have shown the enemy that they are not safe anywhere around the world. There were people who thought Osama bin Laden was untouchable, just like Japan thought we could not attack their homeland so early in the war. We have once again proven our enemy wrong, making them nervous and feeling unsafe. The same way they made us feel after 911.

    May 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  21. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    There have been several but one that comes to mind is Hitler's death. Now, if we had eliminated Charles Manson, that would count too. Unfortunately, Bin Laden is still winning as we are having to do so many things differently because he and his fanatics have always wanted to kill others. Just look at the Airports today.

    May 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  22. Loren, Chicago

    Eichmann being captured. Ultimately, Bin Laden, while still in control of the terror network, was rendered irrelevant by events in the Middle East. He was never a central player and only thrust himself into consciousness by murder of innocents. History should consign him to a dustbin to be forgotten, he accomplished nothing but the demonization of Islam in the world's eyes.

    May 2, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  23. Joe R - Houston

    Historically, the killing of Osama bin Laden is comparable to the time when the second Hatfield killed the first McCoy.

    May 2, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  24. Dave, Orlando, FL

    It compares to too little too late, historically.

    May 2, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  25. eli akerib

    Jack, killing Bin Laden was was like the day we won the civil war. without Bin Laden Al-Qaeda will start to collapse in a matter of years. We just don't know when.

    eli akerib

    May 2, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  26. ranch111

    The launch of iPad II?

    May 2, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  27. Ed Reed

    Like that first night in my New York City apartment, when I killed that first cockroach.

    Texas, New York

    May 2, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  28. Stanley

    Jack, a better time in history to compare this to will be the day it was confirmed that 'hitler is dead'....Quite elating for the Jews then.

    May 2, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  29. lou

    Seeing all the young people coming out to celebrate last night, made me think of Reagan's moment when Gorbachav tore down the wall. Both were symbols to many young americans, living with a foreign boogey man in the shadows. The threat of terrorism is still real in this country, but it's nice to have a little glimmer of hope once in a while that our government gets it right sometimes.

    May 2, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  30. Joyce G

    Just another dead terrorist. He was not in control of anything now, but it is good he's gone. They gave him an Islamic burial, how disgusting.
    Great job to Petraeus and the Navy Seals...beaurocrats don't deserve any credit however as they are part of the problem and always have been.
    Joyce G

    May 2, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  31. Donnie H. Bay St. Louis, Ms.

    Well Jack, President Obama gave the order to kill Bin Laden. The Gop gave the order to kill Medicare...So I don't know how does that compare?...

    May 2, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  32. Morgan Garrett

    i equate this to hitler bieng killed in ww2, only for that generation with the leader of the third riech dead, it all ended. sadly for us, the killing of Osama Bin Laden will not end it for all of us americans. we still have to live in a post 911, TSA groping airport, big brother big government world now.

    what should have happened to Osamas Body after the I.D.'ed it, would be to make a mold of his decapitated head ( remeber ron pearlman? yea) so that a series of urinals could be made and put in public restrooms around the country, then they should cremate his mortal remains and divi out the ashes to our armed forces branches, so they all can take thier portions and place them in the latrines, so all of our troops can take a huge steaming dump on him, for what he has done to us as a nation.

    glad your dead Osama.

    May 2, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  33. Terri Alves


    The end of the Cold War.

    Although bin Laden’s death ends his personal reign of terror and is a huge accomplishment, we will forever have enemies who wish American’s harm.

    I’m curious to see how Donald Trump is going to spin this to make it “his own personal victory.”

    San Luis Obispo, CA

    May 2, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  34. Annie, Atlanta

    Jack, I don't see a historical comparison, because there isn't one that equals the September 11th attacks. I would like to note, however, that the President could have gone in on gut instinct last October, before the mid terms, and maybe changed the course of those elections, but planned, instead. There is historical comparison for that type of act.

    May 2, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  35. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    I believe it comes closest to the death of Adolph Hitler.

    Congratulations, President Obama. YOU ARE THE ONE WHO FINALLY captured Bin Laden. All you naysayers out there (including Jack) should rethink your positions. President Obama is brilliant in my mind and cool under pressure (he didn't let on at all during the Press Corp Dinner Saturday evening)! Jan in Knoxville, TN

    May 2, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  36. Will

    Its hard to equate the emotionally charged desire of the American public to exterminate Bin Laden, with similarly haneous historical figures, (Hitler comes to mind). For better or worse there has been no escaping the unrelenting reminders of this iconic symbol of everything anti-American. Technology and 24/7 media analysis ad naseum is a blessing and a curse with subjects like these. Despite the value of up to the minute information, It certainly makes it harder for our wounds to heal. Although not in a class by himself, he will be remembered as one of the most hateful humans ever.

    May 2, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  37. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, you have to go back to WWII and the shooting down of Japanese Admiral Yamamoto by long range Army Air Corps fighter. Yamamoto didn't personally lead the attack on Pearl Harbor, but he planned the operation. That mission didn't end the war, but it did execute the man responsible for starting it.

    May 2, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  38. Shane in Boston

    This is our generations V-E or V-J Day. I realize that this action doesn't end the war, as the war on global terror will continue as long as there are those who view terrorism as a legitimate, but the head of the al Qaeda snake has finally been cut off. We can honor 10 years in September with no shadow hanging over our heads...

    May 2, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  39. Hari

    It would be comparable to the death of Saddam Hussein. The end of an era, but by no means an end to the violence.
    The major difference between Saddam and Bin Laden being that the latter actually attacked the US.

    May 2, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  40. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Too early to tell. Let's wait for a year or two and see if things in the terrorist world quite down.

    May 2, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  41. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    It compares most to the previous two times he was declared dead. The first time at Tora Bora Dec.13 2001, which was announced on Fox News Dec. 26 2001. The second time when Benezir Bhutto announced his funeral on the David Frost show.This is the third time Bin Laden has been declared dead. But, still, at least the government has finally admitted he is dead. And, it's the second time they have used those photoshopped death photos. I am happy it wasn't done under republican control. The whole “surgical raid” would have been rejected because they would have ruled that Osama bin Ladens death was a pre-existing condition.

    May 2, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  42. Tom Mytoocents Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    The demise of Bin Laden is more of a turning point as the pendulum swings to the favor of the US. It reminds me of Jimmy Dolittle's raid on Japan. The body of Osama Bin Laden may be at the bottom of the sea but, his head is in a box on the front porch in Crawford,Texas. Courtesy of the Iron Will of the American People

    May 2, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  43. frank

    Historicaaly it is a great day for Donald Trump. He actually paid for and led the raid. He was dressed as a hooker in a burka and gain access to bin Laden. He shot bin Laden and wil tell all on his new reality show.

    May 2, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  44. john ............................ marlton nj

    After ten years .... it compares to the twenty years it took postal inspectors to catch the Uni-bomber .... how much was spent, in treasure and lives because nobody could GET THE JOB DONE !!

    I would of felt the same closure if our OP's guys swiped Osama dead body from a funeral home and dumped it out of a helicopter into the sea

    May 2, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  45. jim adams

    I think the excitement over the killing of bin Laden will have a very short shelf-life. His presence or absence on the planet has/had little impact on the daily lives of most of us, compared to serious economic problems
    the great majority of Americans (particularly the huge number of un- and under-employed) face and have to deal with. Tracking him down and removing him from the ranks of the living makes us all feel a little better, and justice has, albeit slowly, been served. But if anything, making a martyr of the terrorist world's main man will likely cause more problems for us than if he'd simply been allowed to fade away.

    May 2, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  46. Ed from California

    The end of Hitler, or the end of WWII! And rightly so that we were kept in the dark as to the health of bin Laden.....Seal Team Six did a masterfull job!! Well done!! And well done, Mr. President!!

    May 2, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  47. Rudy NYC

    This is unlike anything the U.S. has ever done in the past, Jack. Any past comparisons come up well short of the mark. We basically sent in commandos to capture or kill an opposing leader.

    May 2, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  48. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    The overthrow of the Tsar, the suicides of Hitler and Mussolini and the abdication of Kaisar Wilhelm.

    May 2, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  49. Dennis north carolina

    Historical it does not compare with any special event but it is justice at its finest level!!!!!!!

    May 2, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  50. Gary H. Boyd

    Osama Bin Lauden was not just a terrorist, he was demagogue. He derived power by his impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace. History reveals many ohers over time and several stand out - Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century. Robespierre in the 18th century; Hitler and Stalin in the 20th century and now Bin Lauden in the 21st century. .Interestingly, each of those mentioned had a country except Bin Lauden. He had no country which makes him unique.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    May 2, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  51. Sylvia from San Diego

    Historically, it compares in importance to the actual events that took place on 9/11. May history record that crimes against humanity will be punished both in this world and hopefully in the next...

    May 2, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  52. Balboa from Huntsville, Alabama

    The killing of Osama Bin Laden is only the beginning of a great and marvelous work in the happiness of this world.

    May 2, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  53. John from Alabama

    Jack: It is like the death of Adolf Hitler at the end of World War 2, and the death of Stalin in the 1950's. It is a great day for freedom and justice for all those who died on 9/11, and their families who have endured without their loved ones for nearly 10 years. It shows the professionalism, pride, and courage of those men and women of our military services who planned and killed bin Laden. The CIA and NSA have shown their will and honor to seek out and find bin Laden. Hooray!! For America, God Bless this nation.

    May 2, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  54. Rob G - Canada

    It compares to the killing of Hitler.

    May 2, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  55. Paul Harris Austin, Texas

    The reported death of Hitler is the only close to compare too. He had even more hate than Hitler did. He would kill everyone even his own people to get to his goal.

    May 2, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  56. Katja in Tampa, Florida

    The death of the terrorist is comparable to D-Day. Everything isn't perfect, but the major hurdle has been jumped.

    May 2, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  57. Bob D Iowa

    Trying to compare the tactical maneuver would have to be one short of the First Invasion of Iraq. With the swiftness and pin point destruction of the target, a total victory but then the pull back. For a one on one target that represented the same type fanatical threat to our social system I’ll only give the date 8/6/45.

    May 2, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  58. Jim, KS

    The melting of the Wicked Witch of the West, Jack.

    May 2, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  59. Amber - Austin, TX

    Nothing. He doesn't deserve all of this attention.

    May 2, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  60. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    If you first eliminate head of government despots like, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, Papa Doc Duvalier, Nicolae Ceausescu, and Slobodan Milosevic, Timothy McVeigh comes to mind.

    May 2, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  61. Robby Bowling

    This doesn't compare to anything. The Muslims will make him out to a hero & savior. All we did is cut out a very small part of the cancer that's already spread throughout the body. So were celebrating the death of someone we help make into our enemy. I shot a skunk last week maybe that's comparable. May he & all his disciples rest in hell.

    May 2, 2011 at 4:34 pm |

    It compares to the victory over Japan during WW II.
    The surprise attack and destruction of our fleet at Pearl Harbor and the 2,403 lives lost during that raid will never be forgotten just as over 3000 people who died on September 11th will never be forgotten.

    May 2, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  63. Tom Welch Lake Luzerne, NY

    The death of Bin Laden compares to the death of Hitler.
    Its too bad our forces didn't just wound him, then wrap his arms in duct tape and cut off his head with a butcher knife, just like his followers have done to countless innocent people. His head should have been stuck on a pike pole on the front lawn of the white house to send his followers the only message they seem to understand....

    May 2, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  64. Pat in Michigan

    I don't know .Is there a comparable person who led forces to kill just to kill?Ghengis Khan I guess ?
    I do believe it will change little . the terrorists are well funded and love to use woman and children to do their dirty work. just another bunch of cowards.

    May 2, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  65. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    I believe it is more comparable to shooting down Japanese admiral Yamamoto. He was the mastermind behind the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor.

    May 2, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  66. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Speaking of American history only, I guess we could compare it to the bombing of Japan. You finally get a sense of pay-back.
    Hartwell, GA

    May 2, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  67. Judy

    Bin Ladin goes into the history books the same as any other mass murderer, except that he was a coward who manipulated people without hope to blow themselves and others up.
    I am only heartened by the closure this should bring to our nation and to the families of those who died in the wars and the attack in New York. No one can know what the future outcome will be. We can only hope for something better to emerge for all.

    May 2, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  68. Mike, NH

    Less significant than the fall of the USSR, more significant than Charlie sheen getting fired.

    May 2, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  69. Donald Ainsworth

    The Death of Hitler! Don from Wapakoneta, Ohio

    May 2, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  70. Joe CE

    It is rather singular but the death of Hitler is probably closest.

    May 2, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  71. Dennis Bacon

    Jack, Imagin looking over your shoulder for almost 10 years, good things come to good people. Gloating? Who me? I wonder how Bin Laden Likes King Neptune? As an ex Navy Gunboat sailor I am very proud of are armed forces, In short "Osama Bin Loafin should of bin Osama Bin Lookin" Have a nice nap, Dennis

    May 2, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  72. Michael Armstrong Sr. Sherman Tx.

    It compares to throwing Satan into a bottomless pit of hell fire for eternity .

    May 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  73. andyz Lynn, MA

    Custer's Last Stand.

    May 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  74. Jack Sansom

    The killing of Osama Bin Laden is comparable to the relief felt at the death of Adolph Hitler and then the end of World War II. However, we must not stop in our efforts to eliminate all terrorists and terrorism around the world. We must continue to support our allies and continue to fight our enemies even more diligently than before. We must continue the fight for freedom around the world. God Bless our servicemen and women and God Bless America.

    May 2, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  75. Rex Savage in Portland, Oregon

    I really believe that you should ask Michelle Bachman this question exclusively, Jack. Her expertise in history could illuminate this dark question brilliantly. I can imagine her now relating the legend of Helen of Troy and the death of all those Greeks trying to retrieve Helen from Paris, France.

    May 2, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  76. Anthony J. Frascino from Swedesboro, NJ

    Osama bin Laden's demise is in no way to equal to the death of Hitler. After 9/11, this country gave too much unearned status to this one man who didn't create the perfect plot against us. Instead, it was a plot that raised many red flags which were ignored. We made an icon out of bin Laden because our intelligence services were lax and jealous of each other. It was the prefect climate for a fool to perpetrate havoc. The Cyclops was asleep and the terrorists blinded us. Sleeping giants deserve what they get.

    May 2, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  77. Nancy, Tennessee

    Historically, Osama bin Laden's death will be regarded as the taking down of an evil person. He will not be as infamous as Adolph and we don't have the swastika to remind us of his personna. The name Osama congers up pictures of a long beard and head wrap as he climbs over the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan evading our capture.

    May 2, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  78. Scott Stodden

    I Would Say It Compares To The Death Of Hitler, Saddam Hussein And Any Other Terroists Who Try To Harm The United States! This Is A Victory And While We Should Never Let Our Guards Down We Should Be Rejoicing Cuz The Enemy Is Dead But We Should Always Remain Vigilant And Aware!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    May 2, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  79. Jennifer Cohen

    While there are others to compare OBL to, none compare to him – In our history he is the only person that coordinated an attack on innocent Americans on US soil that killed over 3000. He stands alone on what he did to the US (unless you compare what we did to American Indians and African slaves).

    May 2, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  80. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    This may not be historical, but I compare the killing and sea burial of Bin Laden to driving a stake through Dracula. But then I'm originally from New York.

    May 2, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  81. Gigi Oregon

    It did remind me of Adolf Hitler. The only difference that I remember was we did not hide our war heroes when they came home . We bought war stamps and bonds to pay for the war effort. We hung stars in our windows and prayed for one another some of our families were living in Germany and Italy but we did lump them in one pot. We new it was not the people who had created that war but wicked leaders. Yes, there was a similar feeling but our parents and grandparents seemed more informed about human nature and prayed for the safety of the people living in terrorist countries. Knowing they yearned to be free. To me that was the pride I felt the day Hitler died. America had set the captive free...

    What our country teaches we become...

    May 2, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  82. Linda in Charleston, SC

    Osama bin Laden will be all but forgotten by history as time moves on. But today whoa Jack, it was nothing by Osama.

    May 2, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  83. Donald in New Mexico

    Catching the Uni-bomber. What took so long?

    May 2, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  84. Tom VermilionOh

    May 1st is indeed a very bad day for extremists. Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's right hand man, inclusive.

    May 2, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  85. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    The squashing of a fly! That's all. The death of a mindless bug that couldn't rationalize that life is more important than any religious belief. But than again that's the human downfall, "follow my religion it's the true relegion or DIE"! How many lives have been lost through the centuries and how much knowledge have we lost in burning other civilaztions books in the belief that their is only one belief. So Jack this killing falls in line with all other killings. Now the true question is what killings are going to come now? Did we end one bloddy chapter to only open a new one? That's the real question.

    May 2, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  86. Ralph Spyer

    Just another x CIA nut case ,first he is on our side against the Ruaaians then like a mad dog he had to be put down. WE have got get out of the middle east .

    May 2, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  87. Matt

    About 10x as significant when Ernesto (Che) Guevara was killed in Bolivia. The exponential difference is because bin Laden directly attacked US interest as Che only never reached the mainland.

    May 2, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  88. MJL-Iowa

    Hitler died April 30th, 1945.
    If Ladin kept going he could have been as destructive.
    I am so happy that the President took the initiative 8 months ago and went after him as he promised in 2008.

    Thanks to all that helped and to Obama.

    May 2, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  89. Jesusdude from D.C.

    I'll take Hitler for 200 Alex!

    May 2, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  90. Bob in Houston

    Bin Laden was more of a symbol. Killing him trimmed a few years off of Al-Qaeda's lifespan, but compared with other victories by the United States, I don't think it is in the top 5. The result of killing him is a second term for President Obama.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:00 pm |

    Historically, what does the killing of Osama bin Laden compare to?

    The killing of Hitler.

    Osama Bin Laden was the Hitler of our generation.

    Thank You President Obama, our Intel group that did REAL police work, and our brave service members! The entire world owes you a debt of gratitude!

    Roseville CA

    May 2, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  92. Susan from Idaho

    This is a coup that's incomparable. Bin laden was being hidden by those that knew what he had done. At the end of world war II the Germans would have served Hitler up on a silver platter. It's a well known fact, skill and daring overcome ignorance and superstition. I've never known a navy seal but I am smitten.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  93. seth

    I think its dangerous to simply view Osama Bin Laden and Al-queda as supervillains, without acknowledging the message they are trying to deliver. No one in the media has discussed America's part in the Israel/palestinian war, which is why september 11 attacks happened in the first place. Until America takes repsonsibility for their part in this dispute, there will always be someone to take Osama Bin Ladens Place. I understand, that both sides of this dispute cannot be satisfied easily, but violence only breeds more viollence. I dont think America should assist Israel, without acknowledging the palestinian people. Until America is sympathetic to all sides of a dispute , including those who Bin Laden was fighting for, then they are only fueling more violencce.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  94. Kevin (Arlington, VA)

    The fall of the Berlin Wall. As that was the beginning of the end of communism, bin Laden's death is the beginning of the end of radical Islamic fundamentalism.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  95. Rich McKinney, Texas

    It depends on who's version of the historical record your reading. The American version will certainly read that Bin laden was a terrorist. The Al-Qaida or Taliban version will read that he was a hero. It all depends on where your standing when you read it. The correct version should read a senseless act was committed that killed many and cost America dearly. No one wins a war like this. We all lose. There is no victory for either side just needless death and destruction.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  96. Martha Campbell

    News wise, it compares to the death of PResident Kennedy, however, in regard to Bin Ladin, we are cheering instead of crying.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  97. Jeff S.

    It compares to when I took a giant dump a few years back.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  98. Joe - Mankato Mn

    This is like the end of the Korean War. It feels good at the moment, but in the end we are right back where we started.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  99. dave Ziegler


    May 2, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  100. Zoe

    There's nothing for me to compare it to. I was a kid during 9/11; it's the victorious and wonderful end to something that has been going on for the majority of my life.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  101. James Trembulak

    It reminds me of when Timothy McVeigh was executed and his body was quickly cremated.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  102. Master Sergeant D

    It reminds me of the Chernobyl disaster. The initial effects are felt by many immediately, but its ugly effects continue to taunt us to this day.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  103. Sameer Khataybeh

    Saddan Hussein's death.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  104. BD

    Absolutely I compare this to the death of Hitler. I would make the comment that Hitler's death was a greater victory and in my mind he was the greater evil. Nonetheless May 1 will forever be remembered as a day of victory and justice.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  105. Mr. D

    When we flushed our toilets last night.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  106. Uncle Moosey

    For me, it compares to a wily cockroach I once hunted. He too met his demise at the hand of a proud American !!!!!

    May 2, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  107. Bob Wheeler

    I think it's a bit like Hitler's death.....That didn't end WWII and this didn't end the war on terror. In the end it makes us feel good about oursleves more than anything else. But we still have boots on the ground doing very dangerous work every day.

    Camp Lejeune, NC

    May 2, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  108. Matt L (Mesa)

    Using a woman as a human shield? Sounds more cowardly than Hitler. -Matt L (Mesa)

    May 2, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  109. nic

    Nicolai Ceausescu

    May 2, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  110. Alberto Garcia

    Historically I'm not sure, but last night I stepped on a roach his death sort of reminds me of that.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  111. Eric

    The feeling in America and the spontaneous celebrations across America and pure happiness displayed everywhere reminds me of what it might have been like when WWII was over and our troops came home...I was expecting to see a serviceman kissing a woman any minute!

    May 2, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  112. Kelly J.

    Obviously it compares to the killing of Hitler. Another mass murderer is gone. The pain and grief americans have suffered on 9/11 will finally be put to rest.
    Now it's time to DEFEAT Al Qaeda completely.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  113. Meskel

    Unlike anything I have ever seen , Jack !

    May 2, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  114. Rev. Jim

    Not as important as the assasination of JFK when I was in 8th grade. JFK's assasination changed our consciousness forever. Compared to that, OBL's killing is but a footnote in American history.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  115. Arnold

    The Killing of Bin Laden relates to the mussolini episode, the only diffrence being that he wasnt a head of state...It marks the end of an era of coordinated terrorism

    May 2, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  116. Taylor

    I honestly do no believe you can or should compare the death of Osama bin Laden to anything. Yes Hitler and Saddam are amazing triumphs for this world. They all are significant in their own ways. Osama bin Laden will be its own historic event and be rememberd by all Americans and the world. As stated earlier I remember being a 4th grader when 9/11 happened and now I am a college freshamn. I am proud to be an American! God Bless the USA.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  117. Anand, IN

    I think this historically compares to the death of Adolf Hitler or even the end of WWII. This is remarkable seeing as we've not had any similar situations since then except for maybe Saddam Hussein way back in 2003

    May 2, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  118. William

    I think its comparable to: Caesar vs. Vercingetorix. The death of Vercingetorix allowed Caeser to gain power which lead to the Roman Empire. Additionally, the death of the Gaulish leader leads to another 400 years of "Barbarian" wars that eventually end with the fall of and sacking of Rome....

    May 2, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  119. Steve from California

    Being a young adult, I haven't witnessed many historical events in my life. The killing of Bin Laden brings back memories of watching television coverage of September 11th, with one huge difference. Instead of being overcome with sadness and despair, I am overcome with happiness and hope.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  120. Christopher

    the death of Hitler and the death of sudan hussain it was a big day when they were both killed but now that bin laden is dead worry of nuclear atack on the US and its allies

    May 2, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  121. Diane Gilboa

    It's reminiscent of the Israeli raid on Entebbe to rescue innocent victims from a hijacked airliner, the events of which are described in the lovely play, "To Pay the Price."

    May 2, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  122. Taylor

    I honestly do no believe you can or should compare the death of Osama bin Laden to anything. Yes Hitler and Saddam are amazing triumphs for this world. They all are significant in their own ways. Osama bin Laden will be its own historic event and be rememberd by all Americans and the world. As stated earlier I remember being a 4th grader when 9/11 happened and now I am a college freshamn. I am proud to be an American! God Bless the USA.

    Toledo, Ohio

    May 2, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  123. Aaron Charlottesville Virginia

    Nothing. It is an event so significant in American history that it stands alone.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  124. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    August 16, 2003, the day Idi Amin died.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  125. Chris

    The killing of Osama bin Laden really is incomparable to any event in U.S. history. Saddam Hussein was found cowering in hole and later executed. Adolf Hitler opted for suicide before he could answer for the atrocities he perpetrated. This is a defining moment for the citizens of this country and our commander in chief. god bless america!

    May 2, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  126. R. Lunn

    Being from the Northern Virginia area I think the news that OBL was killed compares to the news that the DC Snipers had been caught.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  127. Johnny P

    The fall of the Berlin Wall. This was such a symbolic event that led to the end of the Cold War. Hopefully, Osama bin Laden's death can be the precursor to the end of the War on Terror. God Bless America.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  128. Travis

    Well Jack, though not Historically but Fiction I compare it to The first mission In the video game Call Of Duty:Black Ops.

    A Squad goes in to a compound and takes down Fidel Castro, Castro also used a woman as a human shield.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  129. Tim Marc

    The Royal Wedding

    An event that makes us all feel better but not, in itself, something that will significantly change the world.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  130. Keith Broad

    The killing of Bin Laden, and the subsequent celebrations compare to ... Ding dong the witch is dead, the wicked witch, the witch is dead, Ding dong the wicked witch is dead. And all you Americans are like Munchkins dancing in the street. Please, justice has been served. Take the high road and show the world you are determined adults and not silly Munchkins.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  131. jhubers

    One is tempted to compare it to the death of Hitler or other nefarious political leaders, but this would be to miss the fact that bin Laden was less a political leader than symbol; less a master mind than iconic figure. As such his death may mean less than we think it does, as the movement he led thrives on martyrdom. He may, in this sense, be an even more potent inspiration in death than he was in life. Time will tell.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  132. Julius Lariviere, Moose Jaw, SK, Canada

    I don't think you can compare it to anyone else... dictators or world leaders that were assissinated... his death truly stand alone... and if anything, it sets a benchmark for killing terrorists, for the US or anyone who hunts down a terrorist, we can say to them, we found Bin Laden, we will find you too, no matter how long it takes, justice will be served.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  133. Jeanmarie Cazzell

    I don't know, maybe Hilter. But I received this today from a friend and feel it is the best thing I can share today.

    "I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that" -
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  134. Benjamin Zander, Great Neck NY

    It can be compared to man landing on the moon, in that both were thought to be something impossible for a long time.To some others, it was seen as a possible reality. Those people didn't stop until it was indeed a true reality.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  135. Christina Sparks

    The defeat of the fictional character, Lord Voldemort, on May 2, 1998 compares to Bin Ladin's defeat.
    J.K. Rowling wrote, "Voldemort himself created his worst enemy, just as tyrants everywhere do! Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress? All of them realize that, one day, amongst their many victims, there is sure to be one who rises against them and strikes back!"
    This is true for America's perseverance, and the message should ring clear that when you attack and victimize ur country, we will rise up against you.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  136. Natalia

    The killing of Osama Bin Laden stands alone Jack. History cannot capture the social experience of Americans as it is today. Never before have we had so many and such a diverse population impacted by this misguided and evil man. Neither is there any historical comparison of the racially charged political divide our nation faces today.

    I am a military retiree and while there is no better land or feeling than to know that we are at least one terrorist safer...it does little to deal with our own home grown terrorists shutting down our government over stupidity like our president's birth certificate or educational achievements.

    Bye bye Osama and hello teaparty and republican idiocy.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  137. Warren Smalley

    I think the killing of OBL has parallels to the killing of Pablo Escobar. They both plied their trade with terror. They were both difficult to find with the help of the people around them. They were turned upon only when it became untenable for enough people to support him.

    I don't really see the parallels between OBL and Hitler, frankly. I saw more parallels between Suddam Hussein and Hitler.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  138. robin

    Bin laden yes, was bad, however, didn't do mass murder, or holocust . Hitler was more more worse than bin laden. Nazi was a greater organization than al quaeda which was a terrorist group that didn't represent a whole country while nazi did(germany).

    it is safe to say that hitler's death was more important, larger event than bin laden's.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  139. @ubtalkin

    It's simply compared to AVENGING all those lost on 911, PERIOD. To those troops who accomplished this, THANK-YOU!

    May 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  140. Lee

    For me, this compares to the news that Tim McVeigh, the OKC bomber, was dead.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  141. Brenden from Queens

    Osama Bin Ladens death marks a page in history that will live in infamy, The U.S. has finally shown the world a true victory for good that honestly has not occured since World War II, but a true honest war worth fighting for hasnt existed SINCE world war II. We severed a head and symbol of evil and terror, hopefully like hitlers supporters these individuals will also dissapear from history. But if we want true closure, it is time to create our own symbol of victory and good, rebuild the World Trade Center, even if its almost the same, freedom is freedom because fear does not control you.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  142. Sandy

    The hunt for Bin Laden compares only to the relentless pursuit by the Israeli's for the remaining Nazi's after WWII and the hunt for the masterminds of the Munich Massacre. Anyone that claims to replace Bin Laden should be aware that we will pursue them as well, and they are next.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  143. Tom Bud from Louisiana

    I think Osama Bin Laden's death best compares to the death of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

    Both were high profile criminal figures, with a flock of followers and both managed to elude authorities for years. Both faced grisly deaths at the end of gun barrels by the military. Then there is the War on Drugs vs. War on Terror symbolism which draws further similarity.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  144. Jackson Brown

    while I'm only 16, this is, in my lifetime, the biggest news since the capture of Sadam Hussein, even though i think this is much more monumental. He was arguably the most evil person since Adolf Hitler, and this certainly compares to his death. Time to rewrite the history books, boys!

    May 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  145. John, NY

    So many bad things have happened in this country that most of the time we've shown our patriotism in mourning. The only thing I can remember that created such happiness, spontaneous chants of USA USA USA and singing of our national anthem and what not was when a bunch of college kids beat the commies in a game of hockey. There is nothing that this can compare to since its such a dramatic event and should make all of us feel truly happy to be American!
    God Bless the USA!

    May 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  146. Jared

    The death of Bin Laden does not compare to the death of Hitler. Hitler was much more powerful and ruthless than Bin Laden was. Just because he is dead isnt going to stop terrorism. Im sure Al Quedas operation is much bigger than Osama Bin Laden, especially after he has been on the run for the past decade.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  147. Stephanie, New York

    Nothing I have seen in my lifetime. But the spirit of last night mirrors the spirit that the young people of our nation have displayed time and time again. No matter the decade or the historical event, American youth have managed to carry on the fearless and impassioned spirit that embodies our nation. Last nights spontaneous gathering of students outside the White House truly proves once again that these colors do not run! I could not be more proud.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  148. Alex L. Wasilewski

    From time to time, humanity gets to visit our collective garbage dump.

    Today, thanks to every member of the United States armed forces, from the recruit in basic training to our Commander in Chief, we get to throw out the trash.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  149. Yardley

    If no other terror events occur and Al-Qaeda is minimized then history will mark this as significant. If another terror event occurs in the name of Al-Qaeda then it becomes less significant and the fight continues.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  150. Alex Mohtadi

    There are only a few things that you will remember 30 years from now. Where you were when JFK was assassinated, Elvis or Micheal Jackson died, 9/11, and now added to that list...Mr. bin Laden himself. It's about time we realize that the things we whitness and remember make us who we are and how we view ourselves!

    May 2, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  151. Tom Budetti from Louisiana

    I think Osama Bin Laden's death best compares to the death of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

    Both were high profile criminal figures, with a flock of followers and both managed to elude authorities for years. Both faced grisly deaths at the end of gun barrels by the military. Then there is the War on Drugs vs. War on Terror symbolism which draws further similarity.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  152. Ross Jarvis, Toronto

    bin Laden's death is comparable to the falling of the Berlin Wall. Both are monumental first steps in heading the world in a better direction.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  153. Kelly from Vermont

    What does it compare to? Nothing. I'm 51 years old and have never "celebrated" anyone's death. He was evil, vile and deserved to die, but it ties a knot in my gut. My thoughts are with the families who lost loved ones on 911, the service men who got this job done, and their parents. Can you imagine being a parent of those courageous navy seals? Those servicemen are the definition of heroic. Wow.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  154. Tracy Gournay, Hunt, TX

    I believe the parallels between the removal of Bin Laden and the Chilean Miner's Rescue are laser focused. Both required great patience, time, study, tchnology and when the moment of execution arrived, risk and faith. Fortunately, both tuened out well.

    Flawless execution!

    May 2, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  155. George, CA

    To be honest, this is a VERY hard question, but here is my opinion. In my opinion, the killing of Osama compares to the murder of Adolf Eichmann, one major figure of Nazi Germany. Their captures are very similar, as both were hiding in plain site. Eichmann was hiding in Israel, the last place you would find a Nazi war criminal. While Osama was hiding in a mansion in an affluent part of Abbottabad, a major city of Pakistan with heavy military presence. Both also died in May. That is my opinion.

    George of California.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  156. Scott McKeag

    The death of Osama bin Laden does not compare to any other in American history. We recognize 9/11 and bin Laden's subsequent death as monumental moments that have drastically changed the international stage. While 9/11 was much like my generation's Pearl Harbor, the context and events following are similar, but uniquely different because of the new paradigm America found itself in. We teach our kids in-depth about Pearl Harbor and Vietnam, and years from now this storyline will also earn its own chapter in a textbook.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  157. A. Lutcher

    It reminds me of the feeling I had when the U.S. elected a black president.GOD bless the troops and this makes me proud to be an American!

    May 2, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  158. Johnny P from Drexel Hill, Pa

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    The fall of the Berlin Wall. This was such a symbolic event that led to the end of the Cold War. The symbolism in bin Laden's death is astronomical. What a momentous event for this country Hopefully, Osama bin Laden's death can be the precursor to the end of the War on Terror. God Bless America.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  159. Searles O'Dubhain

    The taking out of Osama bin Laden compares to dumpring the trash when considering only Osama bin Laden's death but it also compares to the bravery of the "Let's Roll!" folks on United Airlines Flight 93 when considering the actions of the S.E.A.L. teams going into harm's way.

    Hooyah Heroes of Flight 93!

    Hooyah! S.E.A.L.s!

    Hooyah America!

    May 2, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  160. Eric Windover

    Granted, this is a strange comparison, but I'm only 38 years old, so my "history" only goes back so far. This compares to the Red Sox winning the World Series in 2004, because in both cases I had pretty much given up any real hope of it ever happening. I had acknowledged in each case that although we all dreamed about it, it's just something that we won't ever get to witness. And when it happened, it changed everything! Three years later they won it again, and hopefully it won't be too long before we find Al Qaida's next highest ranking member.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  161. Emily

    I was only 11 years old when 9/11 happened, so I don't have a lot of historical events to compare Osama Bin Laden's death to. Obviously, the closest thing was when Saddam Hussein was captured, but even that doesn't compare.
    When I turned on CNN last night and saw the banner on the screen and heard Wolf Blitzer repeating the news over and over, I burst into tears. I never thought that I would have this kind of reaction to Osama Bin Laden's death, but it was such an incredible and unexpected event. I hardly remember what life was like before I harvested a fear of Bin Laden and what he was capable of. An indescribable feeling of relief, shock and joy washed over me when I heard the news. I'll never forget it.

    -Emily Chauncey (Rochester, New York)

    May 2, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  162. Gertrude Billings

    This compares with the end of prohibition, great, but not really changing anything because people were drinking anyway.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  163. Johnnie Tate

    I've lived through several of these days. The assasination of President Kennedy, Martin Luther King jr, and Bobby Kennedy. The dreadful 9/11 are all things I will never forget. Just as those past events brought sorrow in my life, the capture and killing of Bin Laden has brought pride in being an American and its good to see this country come together as we have all talked about and dreamed about. I hope this feeling continues and we heal from this.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  164. Robert Banks

    Perhaps potentially this will compare in magnitude to the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Unfortunately, only time will tell what repercussions will or will not occur as a result of his death. My hope is that since the head is eliminated, the rest of the beast will die. The realist in me says that there are more heads to replace him. Does any one of these people have Osama's charisma? I pray not. However, the USA needs a boogie-man. It's in our DNA. If not Al Queda, then what??

    May 2, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  165. Take Wilson

    the death of hitler. two evil men dead, eerily enough both on the same date, may 1st a swell as Mussolini and Joseph Stalin. its good to see that the families of victims and victims themself finally had justice served. Take Wilson from Hamilton, Ontario

    May 2, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  166. Dave Douglas

    I hope that we don't equate Osama Bin Laden's death to September 10, 2001. That is to say, I hope we do not consider his death a reason to drop our vigilance or caution in feeling a false sense of security. There are many others who wish us harm. We mustn't let down our guard because the most recognizable face of terror has been eliminated.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  167. Besculides, George

    It compares to the death o fJoseph Stalin or the capture of Adolf Eickmann( sp)

    May 2, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  168. leslie fletcher

    i would compare it to the invention of the crapper, both events were bound to happen.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  169. Arjay Phoenician

    Something a little different. When I heard bin Laden was killed, I began to recall when I heard the Ayatollah Khomeini was dead. Both were pernicious and charismatic leaders of pseudo-fundamentalist Islam who had given the middle finger to the US andgave the West major headaches. The Iranian Hostage Crisis of 1979-1980 was probably the most sinister act against Americans by Islamic megalomaniacs prior to 9/11. Much of their rhetoric was similar–detesting Western influence in the Middle East, abhorring support for Israel, taunting America and her allies in their addiction to cheap petroleum. These days, whoever ends up the current American boogeyman is automatically compared to Adolf Hitler; I never did. But I can compare Osama bin Laden with the Ayatollah Khomeini.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  170. Dee in New Paris Ohio

    I'm betting it is overwhelmiingly seen as on a par with the bombing o Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  171. john in columbus

    Ironically, it can best be historically compared to the day that Bin Laden himself brought us together as a nation nearly a decade ago-the attacks of 9/11. We were a deeply divided country prior to that, and after the horrific attacks we came together as a nation. Time passed, and with it the political divide grew again. But the news of his assassination last night has brought us together again, if only for a short time. Sadly, history will repeat itself, as it has a way of doing, and it will be no time before we are politically at each others' throats again.

    John in Columbus, Ohio

    May 2, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  172. Al

    It's the Godfather, Jack. First Saif Gaddaffi and some of his sons in a bomb blast in an upscale suburb, then Bin Laden in a massive hit at a fortified mansion.. Moammar Gaddaffi is sure to follow, Mubarak may go away for a long time, and in this administration's cinematic way, Ahmadinejad will probably get it in the bathtub.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  173. jon regas

    IT compares to the Doolittle raid on the Warlords of Japan. It shows that Al Qaeda is vulnerable, ANYWHERE AT ANYTIME. After the Doolittle raid, Japan felt that the ultimate battle had to be fought to defend their ways. We then fought over the small island of MIDWAY. We won and it was the absolute turning point in the war in the pacific.

    There will be another battle and, if we play our cards right, will finally break the back of Al Qaeda.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  174. Samuel, Pennsylvania

    The killing of bin Laden does not compare to anything in modern history. He was not affiliated with any country, and the terrorist tactics used by him are unlike anything. It definatley is a new time for our country. Even though bin Laden has had a downfall from al Queda, I hope it has struck deep in them.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  175. David Nova Scotia

    Sorry Jack nothing other than a well planned and executed USA mission to rid the world of a very evil person. Why? because closure is far from over if ever due the multi 1000's who have been killed or wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. We will never know who will seek revenge or how. We do know there we no WMD's and who first used the words War on Terror.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  176. John Hooker

    The USS Maine explosion in Havana Harbor, 1898. It signified the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th in how world history would proceed. HOPEFULLY the international effort to destroy terrorism will mark the END of the 20th Century and the beginning of the 21st – which we have yet to define. The "War on Terror" has cost us Trillions of dollars – using half that in the first decade of the 21st Century on the development of green energy/green technology via cooperation between competing international forces could have carried us to a new direction of economic development, the world over. We'd be trillions of dollars of investment closer. Let's unite in an attempt to make up for it.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  177. Bill Burnham

    It compares to stepping on a cockroach running across the kiitchen floor after turning on the lights in the night. The only difference is that the roach is only trying to survive and feed his family. Osama was wealthy and trying to demonstrate his power to kill and demonstrate his power to cause fear among people who are trying to work, feed their families and live and let live.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  178. steven

    you can't compare hitler death with bin ladens,
    hitler killed over 6 000 000 people
    osama bin laden killed thousand of persons .

    May 2, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  179. Matt

    Like the capping of the Gulf Shore oil leak the death of Osama bin Laden is a relief, but an empty victory. Like the ocean floor of the Gulf, the minds millions of Muslims have been poisoned by bin Laden's rhetoric. While the source has been eliminated, we will be dealing with ill effects for years to come.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  180. Bonner, K.

    The signifigance of Bin Laden's death is relative to ones geography. In the middle east it would be likened to the death of a Che Guevara, to the western world it be similar to Hitler.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  181. Kate mOore

    The killing of the iconic bin Laden is akin to al Qaeda downing the iconic World Trade Center. It's demoralizing.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  182. Charles Beane

    I can't really compare to anything in my lifetime, it will be cemented in US history just like Hitler's death is. Bin Ladens death will be taught to our children and children's children as the end of 9/11 tragedy.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  183. Karl in Flint

    I'd say the surrender by Japan after Pearl Harbor.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  184. jason

    Historycally this is a very special time in our history, I would compare it to the time Hitler got Killed, bin ladin and hitler were both animals they did not care about peoples life.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  185. Mitch

    It's the antithesis of the lunar landing. It gives me nothing but pleasure to imagine one of our Seals on site standing over his body saying "One small bullet from man, one giant hole for mankind."

    May 2, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  186. Ed in atlanta

    It reminds me of when OJ Simpson was finally locked up. it took a while but he got what he had coming.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  187. Tharsis Nobrega

    It can be compared to Hitler's death, but in modern times. Another happening from this century was Saddam Hussein's execution. Everybody feels like justice really has been done. Both cases though are really inferior to this one, which catched our attention for long years.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  188. Elizabeth Gamblin

    Honestly, I would kinda see a comparison to Adolf Hitler; however, a majority of Germany, at one point, believed in Hitler's dream. Furthermore, a better comparison would be Fidel Castro. One might think of Stalin, but he was a bit more agreeable despite his lack of any morale. Fidel Castro much like Osama attempted to attack America. Also, at one point Fidel integrated into American society and studied law which is similar to the U.S working with Osama years ago. Stalin did work with the U.S during world war II; however, the U.S lacked the power to end the Soviet Union's tyranny.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  189. Jayne Bowman

    I would compare the killing of Bin Laden to the butchering of a rabid dog. Too bad there are Bin Laden progeny toddling around somewhere. That "bad seed," should be wiped off the face of the earth forever.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  190. Neil

    I believe that the incident where many of the Nazi high command tried to bomb Hitler is the closest operation to one.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  191. Trevor

    Quite frankly Jack, it is too soon to tell. We have no clue what the ramifications of Bin Laden's death are. When the dust from last night's event settles, we can answer that question. Right now is not a good time to reflect for posterity because the War on Terror is still ongoing. However, when we finally discern the meaning of Bin Laden's death it will probably be a meaning unique to our time.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  192. jørn

    Osama bin-Laden was a terrorist leader like many others terrorist leaders world has seen. LIke terrororganisation in Europe, Badhermainhof in Germany and ETA in Spian. Can`t compaire bin- Laden too Hitler, is not same power in al- Qaida as Hitler Deutchland.
    Osama bin Laden will not be in any historybook like Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, and also Saddam Hussein in Irak. Just because bin-Laden was a terrorist, and not a leader for a country.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  193. Jacqueline Mongeot

    My first thought was we could compare his death to Hitler's; yet, Hitler committed suicide. This event changed the world to an extent . Bin Laden' s death was a military execution. Matvay was another terrorist; arrested his death was a civil execution. No matter how , along with other dictators for whom human lives did not count, they died, the problem of terrorism is not resolved, wars continue and will continue somewhere on the planet. Al Qada has a network of terrorists all over the world. If Hitler's death marked the end of WWII-except for Japan- and peace on earth for a few years, bin Laden's death is only the removal of an evil mastermind. This event does not change World History and does not bring World Peace.
    Jacqueline/ San Diego CA

    May 2, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  194. Ellie of Massachusetts

    When i think about this successful mission it reminds me of the method that Al Qaeda used in the 9/11 attacks with the fire and sudden attack without warning to the compound. Our Commandos took over to achieve this in retaliation to 9/11. Great Job!!!! Its an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. Let the American flags fly high!! Thank you President Obama.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  195. Christy

    I don't know that there is anything that this generation can compare UBL death to
    Since Pearl Harbor this is the only time the US has been attacked. For the people that lived through the surrender of Japan maybe this is some kind of repeat for them.
    But for me who was born 16 years after Pearl Harbor this is my countries highest achievement.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  196. Maryann Rose, Orlando FL

    Jack, I know these two events don't even compare as to the magnitude, but the feeling I felt last night hearing the news of Bin Laden's death, was the same one I had when Sully landed that plane in the Hudson River.

    It was the thought that 'America is BACK!' Everyone available in the river that day came together and helped to save those passengers, and I remember thinking how great we Americans are. it was that same overwhelming pride in our country that I felt last night.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  197. T.Murphy

    Compares to nothing. It has its OWN SIGNIFICANCE. God Bless ThE USA

    May 2, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  198. Harry Cruz from Sugar Grove, Il

    There isn't a fair comparison historically. Because, Osama bin Laden attacked America at its core. He cowardly had other Clowns do the dirty work for him, those 19 murderers killing over 3000 innocent civilians. Osama, goes to the zenith of the list of historical cowards, ahead of Hitler, and Mussolini. The sad part is that this event is simply bittersweet, in that we can celebrate the death of this coward, but sadly we won't be able to bring back the thousands of lives that he murdered. American's PLEASE remember to always stand guard, as there will always be copy cats who want to be added to the coward list. God Bless America Forever and a Day. HC

    May 2, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  199. Theresa

    I had this same feeling of American pride when the statute of Saddam Hussein fell, and then he ultimately died...another terrorist the world is better off without. Another victory for the United States military and the leaders with the "guts" to strike. God blessed the USA.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  200. Wayne


    I would have to say that eliminating Osama bin Laden runs close to the elimination of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. Isoroku Yamamoto was the mastermind of pearl harbor, and just as in Bin Laden, you had gallant men serving their country on a mission that was dangerous and risky. Even after Yamamoto was brought down by American pilots, there was still a job to do. I believe the same is true here. What a great job by our soldiers, all the way up to President Obama.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  201. Jef Beem

    This strikes me as akin to ancient Rome's hunt for Hannibal who poisoned himself when about to be captured by the Roman equivalent of our Seal/CIA team, leaving a letter purportedly saying "Let us relieve the Romans from the anxiety they so long experienced, since they think it tries their patience too much to wait for an old man's death".

    May 2, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  202. Charlie Jones

    I believe the killing of Osama bin Laden compares most to the killing of Isoroku Yamamoto, the mastermind behind Pearl Harbor. Similar to the events leading up to bin Laden's death, once the U.S. received intelligence on Yamamoto's whereabouts, a plan was put into place to assasinate him. These two men planned the most deadly attacks against the U.S. on American soil and both met the same fate. God Bless the USA.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  203. John

    Equal? No nothing is equal. We are living and feeling a satisfaction that our fathers and grandfathers dreamed of feeling at the end of Hitler's life. There is simply nothing more gratifying than knowing the last thing these people who inspire mass murder see is the faces of those whom they have hurt so badly. It allows every victim of his terrorism to look at him through the gun-sites and feel a certain amount of relief from the fear and grief they had inspired.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  204. Wayne Bumbaca Sheridan, WY


    I would have to say that eliminating Osoma Bin Laden runs close to the elimination of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. Yamamoto was the mastermind of pearl harbor, and just as in Bin Laden, you had gallant men serving their country on a mission that was dangerous and risky. Even after Yamamoto was brought down by American pilots, there was still a job to do. I believe the same is true here. What a great job by our soldiers, all the way up to President Obama.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  205. Josh Cuba, NY

    I, personally, believe that you would have to compare Osama Bin Laden to a few world dictators that would include Adolf Hitler and Muammar al-Qaddafi. You can say that Bin Laden is one of the most heinous leader's the world has ever seen. What Hitler did, however, to the Jewish population in the 1930's/40's will always, hopefully, be the last human genocide the world will have to see. Osama Bin Laden is looked at in a different light by American's because he was the cause of one the greatest tragedy's in our history. People say there's no comparison to 9/11, but innocent persons in Darfur, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Poland, Turkey, Cambodia, Rwanda, etc...probably have a different outlook on that. Let's not compare this to anything, it's our history, it's something we can learn from in the future.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  206. Daniel in Boston

    Bin Laden would be best compared to Adolf Hitler. Both were mass murderers.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  207. Dee

    To see Americans flooding out into the streets, late at night at the White House, NYC and several other cities waving flags and singing the National Anthem seemed to be reminiscent of VJ day in a way. It's just too bad we all know that this is by no means the end to the war on terror and our boys will not be coming home any time soon. It was however a wonderful sight to see Americans standing united and strong despite all their differences lately! Let's just hope idiots like Trump and Palin will take the DNA as it stands and will not demand to see pictures of Bin Laden's dead body which would certainly inflame the situation and most certainly put our troops in serious harms way! God Bless America!!!

    May 2, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  208. Allen

    The significance of the death of Osama on the anniversity of Hitler's death – Two of Satan's agents were defeated by God-fearing people! Two people who created their own law's, finally had to to yield to their creator and God's justice.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  209. Ray Mac

    Is this a controled event to influence elections in 2012. May 1 hitler. May 1 osama. Hitler and a lot of his people were believed to have got away. Will we see him in the future and have some type of false pic or medical evaluation. Why haven't they shown the dead body. Like they supposably did with jesse james. Martin luther king and our murdered presidents. Its hard to trust our own country. Its a good feeling to catch terrorist. But its a bad feeling to think maybe our coutry is munipulating us. Are we people or chess pieces

    May 2, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  210. mark

    Jack, i have never ommented to any of your requests but i could not pass on this one . While i was not alive during this period, this event, in principle, is as big as the day that WW!! was officially ended. In my life time, i cannot recall a time when americans went to the streets in sponteneous jubliant behavior or like me sat in front of the TV in awe after hearing that the biggest coward in modern history was taken out by our special ops team. No matter what ones political association, if you have any patriotic passion in you, it came out last night. Everyone of the special ops members deserve a medal of honor. They and all our our military personnel are heros. Thank you all for bringing this one home!

    May 2, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  211. B.HOOKE

    I know that it does not compare to the story of "Geronimo" so why was that the code name used? For 1 Osama terrorized another country...Geronimo was trying to keep his country and protect his people against the "government" killing innocent people and taking over land that wasn't theirs! At that time the "government" were the terrorist who came and invaded a country killing a lot of innocent "Native Americans." Giving "Osama" the code name "Geronimo" is making a totally inaccurate comparison.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  212. Julia Greenfield

    As a child of Holocaust survivors, I find it appropriate that Osama bin Laden was killed on Holocaust Remembrance Day.
    Bin Laden, like Hitler, was responsible for murdering so many innocent people and giving so much sadness to the families left behind.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  213. Rowland Burns

    The closest in my lifetime was Lee Harvey Oswald's killing. In so many ways.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  214. Mike Ohliger

    This news for me....... well I guess it would be hearing Pres. Regan tell Ole Gorbi to TEAR DOWN THAT WALL!!! and then watch the wall come down. Very Euforic!!!!!!

    May 2, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  215. KD

    In my opinion, Bin Laden's death gives as much relief as the day President George Bush (jr) left the white house!
    A day to remember..and an event that brings hopes that everything will be better in days to come.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  216. Isaac from Lansdowne, PA

    I'm 20 years old. For a 90's baby, there are only two events in our lifetime that we will all remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when it happened. For me, the first event was almost 10 years ago. I was in my 7th grade english class. That was 9/11. The second is ten years later, as a junior in college studying for finals, that day was May 1, 2011.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  217. John In Iowa

    The killing of Bin Laden is an event that compares to many events in history. One that stands out is the civil war. The senseless loss of life, the carnage and the relief of the nation that it was over-and we were united again. One must keep in mind though that this is not over. Just because the car doesn't have a driver, doesn't mean it won't be carjacked by some other madman.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  218. Victoria Elouassil

    Nothing yet – but there will be something the day someone thinks of killing my elder sister ! Now that Bin Laden is dead she´s the evilest thing still to remain on this plabet !

    May 2, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  219. Mel

    There is nothing significant or historic about the death of Bin Laden.The good thing is viewers around the world have been spared from the 24/7 CNN reporting on the wedding of the queen of England's grand son. The bad: the coverage of Bin Laden's dead may last a month or so!

    May 2, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  220. karla

    In my opinion, Bin Laden's death brings as much relief as the day President Bush's leaving the white house. The event brings hope that everything will be better in days to come.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  221. Artly Fox

    Here in Austin, the historical preceedent that comes to mind is that of Charles Whitman, the University of Texas tower sniper back in 1966. They were both homocidal psychopaths, but Whitman was killed by police 90 minutes after his first public murder. i cannot imagine what torture it has been for the 9/11 victims family and friends having to go ten years with that killer still on the loose.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  222. Roger Skillings

    Isn't it strange that we Americans can't seem to learn anything from our history. Bin Laden code named Geronimo! For god's sake, Ctizens, WAKE UP.

    We also should pause to take our late enemy's measure. He helped drive Russia out of Afghanistan, bled them white. That was his intention when he attacked us. Imagine his glee when we invaded Iraq. He is one of the great commanders in modern history. Now we're bogged down in Afghanistan, with what looks like no exit, and now the bonus of Libya. We can't now just walk away from that, can we? All this amid Congressional folly, and runaway deficits, portending worse reversals. Who can say with certainty– at this moment– that he has not destroyed us, with our help of course. 9/11 was the leverage. Please at least say say something about Bin Laden/Geronimo, RDS

    May 2, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  223. Tambi

    The end of WWII, Hitler killing himself and the capture, trial and death of Adolf Eichmann.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  224. Melissa

    I think this victory of the death of Osama Bin Ladin is a relation to Adolf Hitler's death. Although he turned the gun to himself realizing his dreams of world domination were at the ends and shattered; it was a very tremendous victory to the world. This man killed any American for no true reason at all , when HE himself had jewish blood in him. He abused and killed populations of innocent people and recieved his own justice as did Osama. Another coincidence is how both these evil masterminds died the SAME day. Though having relations, both these men recieve their payments of death compared to thousands of people they have affected, wounded and killed.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  225. Nataly

    Osama's Death is like the modern day shot heard around the world.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  226. Bob / Canada

    I guess the last time I saw CNN reporters and readers any more animated than they are now with the Bin Laden news, was when Paris Hilton was scheduled to spend a day or so in jail. Though, we'll see if 'this news' has the same staying power.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  227. Brian

    I think it is something like what the Romans would have felt when Hannibal was killed. That dark cloud on the horizion is gone.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  228. saras

    I would compare Osam bin Laden's death to the death of a demon who was responsible for bringing agony in the lives of millions of people. I cannot think of any one person who changed the lives of so many people around the world. Travel was never the same.

    In India, the biggest festival, Deepawali, is celebrated on the day, the Goddess killed a demon who was responsible for bringing misery to the people of the world.

    I think we should also have a day to celebrate the demise of terrorism and the victory of good over evil.


    May 2, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  229. Patrick Moreland

    This mission reminds me of the mission to kill Isaroku Yamamoto. We got the intelligence of where he was going in the South Pacific and the US Army Air Corp sent an elite squadron of P-38 fighters on an extremely long flight to intercept and kill the chief admiral in the Japanese navy who was masterminded the Pearl Harbor attack.
    Although I do not see the admiral as personally evil as Bin Laden, his death was a huge blow to an evil enemy at the time.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  230. Mike Franklin

    Comparing the death of Bin Laden to anything in the past is irrelevent. Let's not forget, there are 10 more Bin Laden's just waiting for their opportunity to replace him. All of which who would like to come in to our homes, with bombs strapped to the bodies, and destroy our families. Mike

    May 2, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  231. Mary Beth

    Nothing in my lifetime compares. I believe this is an answer to the Post Kartina political era where the competence of our government has been in constant question. We can be effective as a nation. It is important to me to see Obama in a decisive, thoughtful role. I hope we go forward an attack our other problems with the same patience, seriousness and resolve. Let the sideshows of birthers and others be shown for what they are.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  232. Roger P

    Nobody, with the exception of Hitler has had this much of an impact of a large group of people. So, I'd compare this to his death.
    To me this should show the world, we will not tolerate crimes against our Nation or it's People. We will hunt you down until we find you and we will kill you. You have been warned. It's best not to awaken the sleeping giant.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  233. Chris

    I was 7 Years old at the time of the September 11 attacks. i just had my 17th birthday yesterday and was completely filled with joy when i heard the news of Bin Laden's death. This is one of the few historical events that i have actually witnessed. thank you to all who have and still are serving overseas.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  234. Shree

    KARMA! The wheels of Justice TURN slowly but surely.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  235. Jerry

    There is no real historical comparison. The most important issue at hand is that we must press on regardless. We have the military capability to take out an enemy anywhere in the work and should use it! Those Navy Seals deserve the highest commendations and respect that this country can bestow upon them. Get out out Iran and Afghanistan NOW! Use our supreme surgical strike capability to blow away anyone anywhere who dares to defy the greatest country in the history of the world!

    May 2, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  236. Richard from Dearborn Mich

    Well I wouldn,t compare it to Adolf Hitler , two different people,died on two different days, Hitler on April 30th not May 1st,Hitler was a MUCH MORE bigger figure running the most advanced military countries in the world, that still fascinates many people to this day! While bin Laden, compare it to just another terrorist killied,thats it,bin Laden was no Hitler and I don,t think gas will go back down to $2 a gallon or that the economy will improve and that Obama will win re-election because of this, because theres a whole lot of stuff thats going to happen between now and 2012 and it won,t be good!

    May 2, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  237. Brian Cady

    I feel bin Laden's death may be as great as Hitler's if we can finish al Qaida. May the fallen of 9/11 finally rest in peace.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  238. Yekoz

    A humongous historical occurrence! But I expect the very entertaining 'presidential' Don Trump to demand for Osama's death certificate just as he insisted on Obama's birth certificate.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  239. Rob Wisson

    I do not have a direct comparison, however at least they saved all of us about 1 billion dollars in court costs. Imagine what lawyer would have defended hom if brought in alive?

    May 2, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
  240. Tony from Southport

    Hanging Saddam Hussein. Strange name "Hussein" isn't it?

    May 2, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
  241. willgriffin

    I agree with the comparison with the tracking down of Pablo Escobar.
    and which signaled an end to his particular reign of drug induced
    terror. and the sending of a strong signal to those whom might be thinking about picking up the reins.. and since I didnt have the chance to say so at that time... Thanksh a Billion Padre !

    May 2, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
  242. Anthony

    Eerily my point of reference is 9/11. We saw several nations in the Middle East celebrate with the fall of the Twin Towers which I thought was outrageous. I see similarities in Americans now celebrating the death of Osama Bin Laden. I do not think it is a time for celebration but contemplation. Has significant blow has been dealt to Al Qaeda?
    Absolutely. However it does not mean you should rest on your laurels. Now is not the time to be complacent with regard to terrorism. Everyone should be extremely vigilant to hopefully prevent any retaliations which will be forthcoming.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
  243. Radames Pera

    I feel the same way today as I felt when they hung Saddam Houssein, kind of empty...knowing this only deepens the "cover story", the official myth cloaking America's real agendas in the region. Saddam, like Bin Ladin, were both trained to do our bidding. Then, when they were no longer useful, we turned our backs on them and thus fomented their rage at the West. Though nothing justifies any of their heinous acts, our hands are not clean either in their mutation to "Enemies of the State."
    Radames Pera – Austin, TX

    May 2, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  244. Jim K

    While the death of Bin Laden provides us with a symbolic victory in our War on Terror, it will have little effect on the operational capabilities of Al-Qaeda. These cells often operate with a large degree of autonomy, and his death will trigger more attacks. While we should celebrate the fact that justice has finally been served, we cannot forget that this has not diminished the threat still facing our nation.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  245. somaliboy

    I think a victory for justice. But we have 2 be more carefull to usa muslims not make bomblast in usa soul i a like forgainers to leave middle east.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  246. Willeen Pun

    I think the death of Osama Bin Landen is campared to the action of Hitler and the Nazi Party, but I understand people are celebrating the victory of the Death of Bin Landen, but I feel that we should be the bigger person and have a private celebration because we are steeping down his level when he celebrated 9/11. But all I remeber leaving early on 9/11 and not really understand what was going on until I was the age 12. But I know we are invitcus.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  247. Sue, New York City

    What distinguishes this event, to me, is that it's a rare ocassion where we see the right decisions being made by our leaders for the right reasons. Followed by our extraordinary military implementing them flawlessly. The only event where I can remember feeling a similar level of pride in our country was when we freed Kuwait and perhaps it compares to D-Day, although i wasn't alive then.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  248. Yemoja

    It means nothing to me. As an African-American, no one has terrorized me as much as racist white America" Everyone gets justice except African-Americans. I won't be satisfied until we get reparations!

    May 2, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  249. Gregory

    It can't be compared with anything since this is unique in its own way. This is the war on terrorism and we have taken our first bigger step which is a big impact on terrorist organizations around the world. It does not matter what will happen next, who will come to lead the Al-Qaeda organisation, what matters that this was a battle won and was a step that had to be made in our war against terrorism.

    May 2, 2011 at 7:00 pm |