Local 9/11 Victim's brother reacts to the death of Osama Bin Laden

By: Erica Rakow Email
By: Erica Rakow Email

Panama City-- Monday was a historic day with the death of Osama Bin Laden announced late Sunday night.

Many people say justice has finally been served for the thousands of victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks. But one local victim believes while Osama Bin Laden's death brings some closure, justice won't be served until the 9-11 conspirators jailed at Guantanamo Bay are convicted..

Lynn Haven resident Don Arias lost his little brother in the September 11th terrorist attacks. Adam Arias worked on the 84th floor of tower 2.

"A day doesn't go by where I don't think about him. And I think he would be proud of the way this country has risen to the occasion," said Don Arias.

Many say Bin Laden's death is justice for thousands of his victims. But Arias believes Bin Laden's killing is only another step in the war on terror.

"I don't know that justice has been served by Osama Bin Laden being killed, but I think it's a good first step. The next step is to get these 9-11 conspirators convicted, or at least tried, and maybe we'll get some closure then," said Arias.

Arias says punishing war criminals is vital to winning the war on terror. But for now, he's praising the U.S. military for the decade-long manhunt that ended in Sunday’s dramatic raid.

"I think he met an ignominious end. He's been buried at sea and hopefully he'll be long forgotten," said Arias.

As an Air Force Spokesman, 9-11 family member and former New York City fireman, Arias has been very vocal about counter-terror efforts.

He visited Guantanamo Bay in January of 2009 when President Obama halted all legal proceedings at the U.S. military prison.


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