“Osama = dead = tequila shots. Greek Town crazy!”
That was the text that woke me on the eve of Sunday the 1st of May 2011. I was a journalism student at the University of Missouri in the town of Columbia. Like any aspiring journalist, I rose immediately, grabbed my camera, and headed to the neighbourhood called Greektown.
Crazy was an understatement. I was astounded to see a mass crowd of American college students partying in the streets to the news of Osama bin Laden’s death. Streets were completely blocked. Police were helpless. Cars were trampled.
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We admire them, but we’re not entirely sure why. We allow them to operate in the shadows; we rarely ask what they do. The less we know about them, the more their mystique grows.
Have we permitted our special forces, our SAS and Commandos, to become unaccountable?
Special forces are becoming more imperative as mass troop deployments are seen as the undesirable option of last resort. If a situation can be sorted by sending in a small, skilled assault squad to eliminate the problem, secure the hostage, or stop the problem before it begins, it makes sense.
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