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Notable Statements about Bin Laden's Death




Michael Bloomberg – New York City mayor The killing of Osama bin Laden does not lessen the suffering that New Yorkers and Americans experienced at his hands, but it is a critically important victory for our nation – and a tribute to the millions of men and women in our armed forces and elsewhere who have fought so hard for our nation. New Yorkers have waited nearly 10 years for this news. It is my hope that it will bring some closure and comfort to all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001 Raymond Kelly – New York police commissioner Killing of Osama bin Laden a “welcome milestone” for the families of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks. David Cameron – British prime minister Osama bin Laden was responsible for the worst terrorist atrocities the world has seen — for 9/11 and for so many attacks, which have cost thousands of lives, many of them British. It is a great success that he has been found and will no longer be able to pursue his campaign of global terror. The news that Osama bin Laden is dead will bring great relief to people across the world. Benjamin Netanyahu – Israeli prime minister This is a resounding triumph for justice, freedom and the values shared by all democratic nations fighting shoulder to shoulder in determination against terrorism. The state of Israel joins together in the joy of the American people after the liquidation of bin Laden. Robert Fisk – journalist Osama bin Laden was the founder of Al Qaeda, but to suggest that he was in command, sitting in some computer cave, is completely rubbish. He spent most of his time hiding, most of his time running from the US authorities. I never thought he would hang around long in Afghanistan but in Pakistan he had a soft spot. He felt safer in Pakistan than he did in Afghanistan, and I think that is correct. You have to realise that Bin Laden is a very popular mind, even with the royalty. He was saying things about the West, which their dictators wouldn’t say, his condemnation of the West, and he had to say it from a cave. He is a figure who would be reflected upon. Steve Clemmons – The New America Foundation It’s game changing news. We got used to the fact that Osama bin Laden was beyond our reach. He has slipped off the radar screen, he was a pop culture figure with a fanatic bent. The Muslim world are going to continue to have to deal with those who are inspired by him but of course knocking off a symbol globally is significant. Imtiaz Gul – political analyst It has come as a big surprise to most of the Pakistanis, particularly the location. Many believed that he had been long dead. It is very close to the Pakistani military academy. I’d presume that the Pakistani intelligence was involved to the extent, previous had been captured with their assistance. In most cases, the Americans wouldn’t tell the Pakistani security institutions where they were headed so in this case they (Pakistani intelligence) were probably on board but probably didn’t know where they (the US) were going to. Mark Kimmit – Military Analyst/US Army Brigadier This is not the end of the movement, this is not the end of the terrorism but this is the end of the chapter Capturing or killing bin Laden has more iconic value. It will have symbolic value, because it has been a number of years since Bin Laden has exercised day to day control over operations. We still have an Al Qaeda threat out there and that will be there for a number of years. This organisation (Al Qaeda) is more than Bin Laden, it may be symbolised by Bin Laden, but it definitely is more than Bin Laden.]]]]> ]]>

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