Ex-Navy SEAL credited with killing Osama bin Laden has a special request for Memorial Day

Ex-Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill, known for being “the man who killed Osama bin Laden,” has a special request this Memorial Day.

What did he ask?

O’Neill doesn’t want anyone to tell him “happy Memorial Day.”

“Memorial Day is not a celebration,” O’Neill wrote for Fox News, where he is a contributor. “Memorial Day is a time for reflection, pause, remembrance and thanksgiving for patriots who gave up their own lives to protect the lives and freedom of us all – including the freedom of generations long gone and generations yet unborn. We owe the fallen a debt so enormous that it can never be repaid.”

But for many Americans, the day will be spent focused on picnics and family gatherings, and perhaps making plans for the summer season, O’Neill noted. Others will be shopping for deals on cars, furniture and clothes.

As people are celebrating, the grass is growing over the final resting places of those whose lives were cut short defending our country in “Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and other far-off places many Americans have rarely heard of,” he said.

Army Sgt. La David Johnson, Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, Sgt. 1st Class Jeremiah Johnson and Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright were killed last October in an ISIS ambush in Niger, but not many know America even has troops in Niger, O’Neill explained.

“These unknown soldiers lost their lives protecting you – every one of you reading these words,” he stated.

As millions of high school students walk across stages this season to get their diplomas, many will go on to college or jobs. But some will enter the military, “joining the second generation of American warriors fighting in the Global War on Terror – a war that began with the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that took the lives of almost 3,000 people in our homeland,” O’Neill wrote.

“Most of these new recruits — who were not even born or who were just infants when the 9/11 attacks took place — will make it home just fine. But some will not. I pray that I am wrong, but the sad truth is that the number of American war dead on Memorial Day in 2019 will be higher than it is on this Memorial Day,” he explained.

In May of 2011, headlines announced that a group of elite Navy SEALS were responsible for finding and killing Osama bin Laden, the leader and founder of the Islamist group Al-Qaeda. Bin Laden was also blamed for the attacks on the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001.

What is his hope for the future?

O’Neill said he wishes he knew how to prevent more people from dying in wars.

“But battle lines are being drawn and redrawn, and wars and terrorist attacks just keep going on and on. Weapons are getting bigger,” he wrote “Bombs are becoming smarter and more lives are being lost every day all over the world, leading to more death, more anger and more war.”

In war, O’Neill said, anyone can be turned into a memory in a moment.

He asked all Americans to join him in hoping and praying for the day that “war is just a memory – part of our past but not our future.”

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Turkey detains 51 suspected ISIS members

Fifty-one suspected members of Daesh were arrested by Turkish police in Istanbul on Friday, anti-terrorist police said.

The suspects were planning to travel back to conflict zones in Syria, they said in a statement, adding that all those detained were foreign nationals.

Daesh has carried out numerous bombings across Turkey in recent years, including an attack on a nightclub in Istanbul on Jan. 1, 2017, in which 39 people were killed and a bombing in the city’s historic heart that killed 12 in 2016.

Turkish operations against Daesh suspects intensified at the end of last year ahead of the anniversary of the nightclub shooting.

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Congress to consider recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Golan

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NSW Labor Leader Backs Down on ‘White Flight’ Comments Amid Backlash

The NSW opposition leader, Luke Foley, has apologised for using the term “white flight” to describe changing demographics in Sydney’s west, hours after he defended it.

“I won’t use that term again. Some people find it offensive, so I apologise. I want the entire focus to be on growing jobs and building better schools and Tafes in these suburbs,” he told Ten Eyewitness News.

Mr Foley was forced to defend the comments made in an interview with The Daily Telegraph, which appeared under the headline “Stop White Flight”.

He told the NSW tabloid that “many Anglo families” are relocating from suburbs such as Fairfield because they lack the education, resources and employment opportunities to support huge numbers of refugees.

Earlier, the Labor leader defended the language, saying the issue is more about class than race, and that it’s an academic term.

“It’s an identifiable phenomenon in many western cities that reflect the changing cultural mix of many suburbs,” he told ABC radio on Thursday when defending his comments.

“This is a class issue more than a race issue.”

Mr Foley named Fairfield, Guildford, Yennora, Sefton, Granville, Regents Park as suburbs of concern where there were large numbers of Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

“I don’t want anyone to think you have to move out of those suburbs to do well in life, that’s what I’m fighting,” he said.

When asked whether he was simply engaging in dog-whistle politics, Mr Foley said he supported the refugee intake but wanted more services to support the communities.

NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley (left).

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He also highlighted that he was the only NSW political leader who had ruled out any preference deal with One Nation’s Pauline Hanson.

“I won’t have a bar of her divisive race-based politics,” he added.

Meanwhile, One Nation senator Pauline Hanson praised Mr Foley for his “white flight” comments.

“I’ve been saying this and I said it twenty years ago, there would be places that we won’t even recognise as being Australian,” Senator Hanson told the Today show on Thursday.

“I said they’re forming ghettos and that’s exactly what’s happening. And people are starting to talk about it. Yes, they are … people are forced out of their homes that they grew up in … because they are not assimilating.

“We don’t put restrictions on that they must speak English, they must assimilate into our society, respect our laws and our culture.

“Good on Luke Foley because it needs to be debated.”

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