THOMASVILLE -- In the days following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush vowed to hunt down and punish the man responsible for killing thousands of American citizens.
Many still wonder whether that's ever going to happen.
For four years, the U.S. has waged Bush's war on terror, deploying troops first to Afghanistan, then Iraq, to weed out Muslim extremist groups responsible for the attacks. Yet, Osama bin Laden, leader of the al-Qaeda terrorist network believed to be responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks, has not been brought to justice.
"We all think he should have been caught by now," John Everett of Thomasville said. "It's such a small world in terms of technology. You would think there would be a way to catch him."
Barney resident Betty Keel said some people want results too quickly in the hunt for bin Laden.
"I think it takes more time to find and apprehend somebody like that," she said. "(al-Qaeda) is very elusive. They know the country and they're always hiding. But I think the U.S. is making progress, and they will eventually get him."
Thomasville's Melvin Mitchell said the U.S. should increase its efforts to find bin Laden.
"We really need to find out where this guy is at, and what kind of organizations he's forming. Obviously this guy is still out there, doing something undercover," he said.
"I think we need to put a clamp on him, because you don't know what he's going to do next," Mitchell said.
Morgan County native Drew Miller said he supports the president's actions in the war against terror.
"I feel like we're making progress, even though we are losing troops every day. That loss of life will eventually lead to victory," he said.
"We don't need to send all of our troops over there -- of course we need some here at home. But we need to keep them over there so they can keep pushing toward knocking out terrorism," Miller said.
Thomasville resident Krystal Courtney also supports the U.S. efforts in Iraq. "I think we've done pretty well. They're at war over there to try to stop all the attacks," she said.
Moultrie resident Charlie Robinson said going into Iraq after Sept. 11 was a big mistake.
"We went over there looking for nuclear weapons, and we never found any," he said. "We should have pulled out of there."
Robinson also said bin Laden should have been captured by now. "We had enough intelligence and enough information to catch Saddam Hussein, but it seems like they can't get enough information to catch Osama," he said.
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