As the world is still absorbing the news of bin Laden's death, the major question that has arisen is "what does this mean for our efforts in Afghanistan?" Gerry Connolly released a statement about last nights news that makes it clear that while this is indeed a great victory and "justice has been served," our efforts against Al Queda and terrorism aren't over. I think this is worth highlighting because it's also what most of the national security experts have been saying on the question. The following is Gerry's full statement.
The confirmation by President Obama that Osama Bin Laden was killed by a secret U.S. government operation is a significant development in our war against Al Queda. We have cut off the head of the evil terrorist organization that killed more than 3,000 Americans and thousands more across the world.
I hope the news of Bin Laden's death brings some measure of comfort to the families of those who perished in the September 11 attacks on the Pentagon, the World Trade Center, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, as well as the American military families who have lost sons and daughters in the war against terrorism.
Justice has been served.
President Obama made it clear from his first days in office that bringing down Bin Laden was a top priority. I applaud his persistence and that of our nation's military and intelligence community in seeking out Bin Laden. I'm confident our forces will continue to aggressively pursue other Al Queda leaders and weaken this vile terrorist organization.
While bringing this chapter of the war to closure is welcome news, the United States and other nations around the globe must remain vigilant to protect ourselves from future terrorist attacks and to further weaken Al Queda.