Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and former member of the Committee on Armed Services, tonight issued this statement, following the announcement by President Obama that United States forces have killed Osama Bin Laden.
"Tonight, the Commander in Chief of the United States announced that our men and women in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region have killed Osama Bin Laden. I commend President Obama and our forces for the successful operation against Osama bin Laden, the evil mastermind of so much devastation. Yet, this moment of justice for the victims of 911 should be tempered with caution.
"I agree with the President's wise counsel. Our fight is with terrorism, not with Islam. All those who love peace must redouble our efforts to protect the innocent against the forces of terror. Osama Bin Laden orchestrated dozens of terrorist attacks, including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the wide array of attacks on September 11th 2001 that killed more than 2700 innocent Americans in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
"The pursuit of bin Laden has been only one part of our war on international terrorism; a war that has cost the lives of more than 6,000 American soldiers. Tonight, I pray for their families, for the families of those lost on 9/11, for the more than 43,000 American fighting men and women who have been wounded in our military operations and for all those men and women worldwide who have been touched by terror.
"America is a strong, proud nation that will never allow our precious freedoms to fall under attack, without mounting a great and mighty defense. Though it took years, the death of Osama bin Laden shows the righteous might of our citizens and our military in response to the dastardly attacks on innocent American civilians. I offer all those involved the thanks of a grateful nation."