Justice has been done. Bin Laden is dead.
At approximately 11:40 PM EST, President Obama addressed the nation to tell it that Osama Bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda and the force behind the September 11, 2001 attacks, was dead. U.S. officials allegedly have his body.
Bin Laden’s rage against the U.S. did not start on 9/11 but included deadly attacks in Somalia (1993), bombings in Africa (1998) and the attack on the USS Cole (2000).
The death comes ten years after those attacks which united the nation and changed how we traveled, observed our surroundings, and viewed the world.
The unity we saw after 9/11 diminished in a way that very few of us should be proud of but the scene tonight from outside the White House is one of a re-unified America.
As a country, we owe thanks to the operatives and military who took on this mission and never gave up, despite the danger.
Bin Laden’s death ends a chapter in American history but also opens a new one. Now, more than ever before, our intelligence and homeland security operations will be critical going forward. From preparedness at the state and local level to complex intelligence information sharing mechanisms, the U.S. must be alert and ready for Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups who would do us harm.
As Bin Laden’s death demonstrates, the U.S. will not tolerate terrorism and will doggedly pursue those who would do us harm.