O'Neill, The Last Person Osama Bin Laden Saw, Wonders Whether Killing Osama Was The Best Or Worst Thing He Had Done

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An aerial view shows the compound that Osama bin Laden was killed in, in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
An aerial view shows the compound that Osama bin Laden was killed in, in Abbottabad, Pakistan. REUTERS/Department of Defense

Rober O'Neill, the Navy SEAL who fired the final shots to kill Osama Bin Laden said, "I was the last person he saw." Osama had just gazed at him straight in the eyes before Robert shot him and finished the war. The terrorist stood two feet from him with his hand on his wife, according to Daily Mail. Part One of a Fox News special on Tuesday gave an in-depth look into the Navy SEAL who killed Osama at last on May 1, 2011. Part Two will be aired on Wednesday, 10 p.m.

Robert O'Neill has been involved in many wars and missions for more than a decade. He served in multiple and numerous wars and missions. On the important day, the SEAL Team Six member entered the room of the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden, and shot him, according to FoxNews. When asked what it was like, O'Neill said that it didn't seem real, and didn't even sink in for some time. He had been thinking about it for a long while. "I'm still trying to figure out if it's the best thing I've ever done or the worst thing I've ever done," he said, explaining that while the team accomplished its mission, he doesn't know what's going to happen now.

However, two officers from the Naval Special Warfare Command have sent a strong warning to SEAL team members not to seek fame, according to nbcnews. After all, the entire mission was not a one-man effort but was put up on the "backs, boots and blood of thousands of anonymous troops (not to mention Pentagon civilians)," according to Time.com. So many people played crucial roles in the hunt for bin Laden. If you remove any one from the chain, the mission could have collapsed.

Still, being the end of the spear makes Robert O'Neill famous. Peter Doocy, who presented the FoxNews programme, went through Robert O'Neill's hometown in Butte, Montana, and soaks in his childhood in the town. He gives the viewers a bite of O'Neill's "favorite sandwich in the world." O'Neill finished high school, and then worked at McDonald's and a pizza corner, moved furniture, and worked in the mines. After a failed relationship with a girl, he decided to leave town and joined the Marine Corps.

At an operations office in Germany, he was catching up on emails, when he heard the news that the WTC  had been hit by planes. "We said the words 'Usama bin Laden' within 30 seconds," he said. They knew that change had gripped everything, but did not know what would happen. Just one shot had made it all so "surreal, painful and infuriating" when they watched the "symbol of the greatest nation" go up in fire and smoke.

After O'Neill returned from his 11th deployment and was diving in Miami, he and a few others got the call to proceed to kill Osama. They were told: "Hey we found a thing, and the thing's in a house, and the house is in a bowl, and the bowl's in a country, and you're gonna go to that house, and you're gonna get a thing, and you're gonna bring it back to us, and that was it."

As the details spelt out were very few, the SEAL team presumed that they had to chase Muammar al-Gaddafi. Next, they decided that it must be bin Laden. The CIA had conducted a lot of surveillance on his compound, and even erected an exact replica scale model. O'Neill was told that he was on the third floor. Though he had initially been told to be a team leader outside the compound, he did not want to assume that role, but just wanted to remain in the helicopter, go to the roof, jump on to the balcony and finish a shootout with bin Laden.

Feeling that it was going to be a one-way mission, O'Neill said the team that it would die along with Laden if the house blew up. Otherwise, they could be arrested by the Pakistanis. O'Neill agreed that the intensive training for the mission was valuable, and the feeling that they would die on that mission "was worth it to kill him." He was glad to be part of "something so historic."

Hence, before he left, O'Neill left letters to his children, believing that he would never return. He said that it explained why they went, why they considered it noble and why he was not afraid, explained O'Neill. The letters said he was sorry that they were upset and that he died with the people he should kill. Finally, he called his father, wished him goodbye and thanked him for everything. The father explained that the call made him "catatonic." The tone upset him, said the father, who sat in a Walmart parking lot for 20 minutes after the call. Over every call his father told the SEAL that he loved his son, and was proud of him, but in this one, he said he wished he could accompany his son.

All the SEALs hugged instead of shaking hands, knowing that their chances of dying was hight. "We were the end, we were the fists, we were the FDNY, we were the NYPD, we were the American people, and when President Bush said 'Freedom will be defended,' he meant it for everyone. We were everyone."