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Postmortem on Bin Laden

Mishpacha Staff

The threat of future terrorist attacks in the US hasn’t been dispatched along with Osama bin Laden’s body. What progress has America made in improving its security since the Twin Towers collapsed? What relief, if any, was attained by those who lost relatives on 9/11, such as Yonatan and Michael Lewin? And what is the future of the war on terror now that the head of Al-Qaeda is no longer?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

It all seemed as fresh as if it had just happened yesterday and not as if almost ten years had passed since Yonatan and Michael’s older brother, Danny, had been a passenger aboard American Airlines flight 11 from Boston to Los Angeles on September 11, 2001. Hijacked in mid-flight, the terrorists crashed the plane directly into the northern tower of the World Trade Center, killing all eighty-seven passengers and crew members on board, not including the five hijackers.

When the Lewins speak of Danny — the first victim of the massive attack — the emotional turbulence is palpable. In a way, the clock stopped ticking for them that day.

But when it comes to bin Laden, their tone turns to ice.

As long as his evil is perpetuated, nothing consoles them. “This is no big deal,” Yonatan tells Mishpacha. “A wanted man was found and eliminated and everyone is all excited. The war on terror tolls on and radical Islam remains a threat.”

His mother, Dr. Peggy Lewin, a well-known Jerusalem pediatrician, declined to speak with reporters. Even in the aftermath of the attack and with the ensuing years, the family has shied away from publicity. “The media is always probing for soft spots,” says Yonatan. “It’s not our style. This was my brother.”

 

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