The former US soldier who killed Osama bin Laden said it was perhaps the worst thing he ever did. On May 2, 2011, Osama bin Laden was executed in Abbottabad in northern Afghanistan. Pakistan by the Navy Seals, elite US military. Among those soldiers was Robert O’Neil, the one who shot the brain behind the attacks of September 11, 2001.
On the occasion of the 17th anniversary of these terrorist attacks, the former soldier invited to the TV show Good Morning Britain on TV ITV said that violence is not the solution to fight against extremist ideologies. According to O’Neil, education is the best army. He revealed that he realized this when he saw bin Laden’s son, only two years old, near his father’s corpse.
“Being a father and thinking that this poor kid has nothing to do with it, I realized that it was not over and I wish that no one sees this kind of things. “
“It was a kind of realization that we are not going to win this war with bullets and bombs, but thanks to education, there is an ideology that makes us less safe. “
“Is it the worst thing I’ve ever done or the best thing I’ve ever done? I am not sure of the answer yet. “
The former soldier who describes himself as a supporter of former US President Barack Obama and his successor Donald Trump, said that the attacks of September 11 constantly recalled the importance of the love and protection of friends and family. the family.
The former sniper said he was aware of the threats to his life after he revealed his identity for the first time in 2014, but he insisted that he “did not fear. “
“I would rather know that there is a threat than to pretend there is not. So, I’m not going to live my life with my head in the sand. “
“My children and I will continue to do what we do. All security measures are in place, we have dogs, we have firearms, we have security devices. Robert O’Neill retired from the US Navy and is currently working as a writer and engaged speaker.