Last week, Americans breathed a sigh of relief at the news that Osama Bin Laden had been killed. Justice has finally been delivered for the 2,977 lives lost on September 11, 2001 and for the over 4,000 combat deaths in the global war on terror. The operation that killed Osama Bin Laden is also a testament to the determination and professionalism of our military and the intelligence community: for nearly ten years they have pursued bin Laden and other high value targets in al Qaeda and never once did they waiver in either their faith in the mission or that it would be accomplished. Our deepest gratitude goes out to all those who were involved in this operation and especially the American forces that carried out the raid and killed Osama bin Laden. I commend President Obama and his national security team for taking this course of action.
The relieved responses around the nation reflect the deep sense of pride in our military, our country, our way of life and the absolute rejection of the violence and hatred of Bin Laden and all terrorist organizations. We were reminded that what binds us together as Americans will always be stronger than our differences and that we will go to any length to protect our inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
While Osama Bin Laden is dead, al Qaeda and like-minded groups are not. The long struggle to protect our way of life continues. However, the death of Bin Laden is a blow to the organization, and a warning to others: it does not matter how long you run or where you hide, we will hunt down those who have harmed us or intend to harm us.
Again, God Bless our troops and the incredible work they do every day to keep us safe and far from the dangers of a violent and chaotic world.
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