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Bin Laden reaction: Mother of Marine killed in Afghanistan is glad but worries about more fighting

A memorial service in October in Afghanistan for Pfc. Victor Dew and other Marines killed in a roadside bomb explosion.

Marine Pfc. Victor Dew The mother of Marine Pfc. Victor Dew said she is glad that Osama bin Laden is dead but is worried that more fighting, and dying, lies ahead for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Dew was killed Oct. 13 in Afghanistan while serving with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment. He was one of four Marines killed by a roadside bomb that exploded beneath their vehicle.

Photos: Osama bin Laden dead

"I'm afraid [the Taliban] already have more attacks masterminded," said Patty Schumacher, who lives in Granite Bay outside Sacramento. "The people over there are not going to change. In this country we've lost leaders and yet continued to fight. Why do we think they're different?"

She remembered the day of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

"We sat on our couch, in tears," she said. "I tried to send Victor to school so he could have a normal day. Now he's gone because of what happened that day."

Schumacher was at the memorial service Friday at Camp Pendleton for the 25 Marines from the 3/5 killed during the recent deployment.

"Yes, my son volunteered, he knew what he was getting into," she said. "I'm just so very proud of him. Killing bin Laden won't bring my son home, or any of the other sons."


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Photos: (top) A memorial service in October in Afghanistan for Pfc. Victor Dew and other Marines killed in a roadside bomb explosion. Credit: Marine Corps

(bottom) Marine Pfc. Victor Dew. Credit: Marine Corps

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No, Ms. Schumacher, it will not bring back your son or any of the other brave men and women we have lost. Sincere condolences for your loss and you make a very good point. Many people are naiively thinking that this is going to be the end of the conflict, which it most certainly will not. But that is not to say that it isn't a small victory to savor and possibly capitalize on. Hopefully the boost to morale and the intelligence gains will give us some momentum in the continuing fight with the Tailban. Additionally, this may also make them realize that they backed the wrong horse and possibly that it is time to end the fighting and come to the negotiating table. True that this changes nothing for the people dealing with the reality of the loss of loved ones. Hopefully, it gives you the sense that his loss and your loss have not been for naught. It was a cause Pfc. Dew believed in and I'm sure he would (is) savor(ing) the victory. OBL/AQ brought the fight to our shores on 9/11 and we brought the fight to them in Af/Pak in response. The taliban chose to shelter him at their own peril. This likely will not change the hard core in a backwards and close minded society. But when it is starting to look as if their team is not going to come out the winners, Afghan history is rife with stories of fighters switching sides for the sake of self preservation. Hopefully this is the kind of momentum that will make them rethink the ultimate outcome if they continue fighting. Either way, I understand how it may feel like cold comfort in the light of your personal loss. RIP Pfc. Dew and thank you for your sacrifice.

Bin laden denied 911 the smoking gun of a 20 stone bin was a fake admitted by the CIA. Every video of bin laden is fake. Fox news reported his death in 2001 it was in a arabic newspaper that he had died and he wrote a will before he died of kidney failure hence the last REAL film of bin laden showed a weak pale man who couldnt move his left side. Please america wake up before its too late


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