‘Justice has been done’ — Florida reactions to killing of Bin Ladenby George Bennett | May 1st, 2011
“Justice has been done,” President Obama said late Sunday night from the White House in announcing that a U.S.-led operation had killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan.
Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson and U.S. Reps. Tom Rooney and Allen West were quick to issue statements. U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch and Gov. Rick Scott have also weighed in.
Read their reactions after the jump….
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio statement on the killing of Osama Bin Laden: “Just as every American will never forget where we were when America was attacked on 9/11, this moment will forever be remembered by each one of us as the day justice for that tragedy was finally served.
“I congratulate our intelligence and military communities on this monumental operation. Their persistence and relentlessness in tracking Osama Bin Laden down have finally brought us this long awaited event.
“While this diabolical terrorist’s death at America’s hands is a moment to celebrate, we must never forget the serious terrorist threats that remain and will demand an enduring vigilance.”From U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson: ” The noose has been tightening for months because of our intelligence operations.
And we’ve finally cut off the head of the snake.
This is a historic day, and we thank the men and women who carried out this operation. “From U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta: “The death of Osama bin Laden sends a message that the United States will not rest until justice is served to those who do us harm or wish to do us harm. We are all grateful to those in uniform and in the intelligence community who never wavered in their pursuit and whose service led us to this moment, especially to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Today will go down in American history as a great day in the fight against terror. “ From U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation: “Congratulations to President Obama and his National Security Team for the capture and killing of the world’s most dangerous and evil criminal mastermind, Osama bin Laden.
Our appreciation and gratitude goes out to General Petreaus and the brave men and women in theater. Our Special Operations team executed a flawless, cross border operation, proving once again, our American Armed Forces are the most skilled, organized and highly trained forces in the world.
Although this is a time of exuberance, rejoicing and healing, America, as well as our allies, must be vigilant and on guard for retaliatory attacks from the extreme Islamic world. What strongly concerns me is that bin Laden was not found hiding in a remote cave, but in an urban area of Pakistan where the Pakistan Army’s premier training institution operates. This is a war that is no where close to being over.”
Gov. Rick Scott: “The death of Osama Bin Laden marks a great victory for Americans and for freedom-loving people worldwide. Finally, some degree of justice has been achieved after nearly a decade of death, war and untold sacrifices because of that man. For the loved ones of all those we’ve lost in this war on terror, may this bring some measure of peace.
“I am so proud of our dedicated military men and women and our intelligence community for not giving up in our pursuit of justice. I am grateful for their tenacity and their deep sacrifices. President Barack Obama should also be commended for doing the right thing and following through with the promise of justice initially given by President George W. Bush.
“While threats remain, today the world is a safer place.”
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