Here’s Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s statement about the killing of terrorist-chief Osama bin Laden yesterday in a special ops operation by Navy Seals in Pakistan.
Here is some of CBS News’ report on Clinton’s comments:
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday that the killing of Osama bin Laden offered a clear message to al Qaeda’s Taliban allies in Afghanistan: “You cannot wait us out, you cannot defeat us, but you can make the choice to abandon al Qaeda and participate in a peaceful, political process.”
Clinton added that America will continue “relentlessly pursuing the murderers who target innocent people.”
“The fight continues and we will never waver,” she said. “Now I know there are some who doubted this day would ever come. Who questioned our resolve and our reach. But let us remind ourselves this is America. We rise to the challenge. We persevere. And we get the job done.”
Noting that many of those killed by al Qaeda worldwide were Muslims, Clinton said the attacks were “motivated by a violent ideology that holds no value for human life or regard for human dignity.”
“I know that nothing can make up for the loss of the victims or fill the voids they left,” she said. “But I hope their families can now find some comfort in the fact that justice has been served.”
Joe Gandelman is a former fulltime journalist who freelanced in India, Spain, Bangladesh and Cypress writing for publications such as the Christian Science Monitor and Newsweek. He also did radio reports from Madrid for NPR’s All Things Considered. He has worked on two U.S. newspapers and quit the news biz in 1990 to go into entertainment. He also has written for The Week and several online publications, did a column for Cagle Cartoons Syndicate and has appeared on CNN.