The Leahy Letter -- May 5, 2011
May 5, 2011
After A Decade, Justice:
Senator Leahy Speaks About The Death Of Osama Bin Laden
Following the announcement of the attack by U.S. Navy SEALS on a compound in Pakistan housing Osama bin Laden and his subsequent demise, Senator Leahy made the following remarks on the floor of the Senate.
"Today is a memorable day in our Nation’s history. Osama bin Laden, a man responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians, including so many Americans lost on September 11, 2001, has been killed.
"Osama bin Laden cloaked his attacks in anti-American rhetoric, but his murderous and criminal path took the lives of innocents around the world, including many of his own faith. He proved himself be a cold-blooded murderer, whose indiscriminate attacks have led to the death or maiming of Muslims and people of other faiths all around the world. Regrettably, he leaves behind followers who are committed to the same message of hate and destruction. They have no regard for the values that unite the rest of humanity in common cause.
"Now, I hope that Americans will claim this moment to stand side-by-side, shoulder-to-shoulder, as we did in the weeks and months following the September 11 attacks. We must transcend our differences and stand in unity. We are unified in our support for the victims of bin Laden’s crimes and in our resolve to keep our Nation safe."
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