Washington D.C. – Congressional Leaders and lawmakers from the states and territories are reacting with “relief” to the news that U.S. Forces had finally caught up with and killed Osama bin Laden.
Nearly 10-years after the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the U.S. that claimed some 3-thousand american lives, lawmakers here and their constituents breathed a long-awaited sigh of relief that osama bin Laden is finally gone.
CNMI Congressman Greg Kilili Sablan: “We’re all relieved that this ‘enemy of America’ is finally dead. I’m sure, especially, the families who have lost loved ones in September 11, can now feel (relief) from the pain, that some justice is done for them.”
Sablan says bin Laden caused “terrible suffering” everywhere in the U.S. “In the Northern Marianas, itself, we lost 14 fine young men and women in the wars that followed 9-11. And, even those who returned safely, will forever, bear some kind of scar from this war.”
Sablan says his cousin, Brandon Camacho won 5-purple hearts fighting against al-Qaeda.
Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo was not available for an interview but said in an earlier statement that the death of Osama bin Laden means “our world today is a little more secure,” and those responsible for 9-11 have been brought to “justice.”
But Bordallo said the fight against terrorism is ‘not over,’ echoing the conclusions of others, like Senate Armed Services Chair Carl Levin, who just visited Guam and the NMI on the military build-up:
“This is a victory, but it is not the final victory over terrorism. And, this morning’s statement of Hamas, condemning the killing of bin Laden—calling him a martyr—reinforces our resolve that this war has got to continue to be fought.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: “This awful man, this man who epitomized evil has been brought to justice by american forces.”
Reid echoed the words of President Obama almost 12-hours earlier, that bin Laden’s death is “the most significant victory” in the U.S. fight against al-Qaeda.
Reid said the country owes a “tremendous debt of gratitude” to those in the military and U.S. intelligence, who “put their lives on the line.”
Military planners here believe the Guam-CNMI Build-up is one way to deal with asymetric or unconventional terrorism from al-Qaeda off shoots in the Philippines and Indonesia.
The State Department meantime put all U.S. Embassies and travelers on alert for possible new terror threats.