Local Politicians React to Osama Bin Laden's Death

"A welcome end to his life and career."

Local politicians have begun issuing statements about Osama Bin Laden, who was killed Sunday night by U.S. special forces in Pakistan.

 (R-Highland Park) told The Chicago Tribune

This [Bin Laden] was the largest mass murderer in U.S. history... He was known as HVT-1 — High Value Target No. 1. He eluded three presidents and several governments. It is a welcome end to his life and career. 

(R-Kenilworth) in a statement issued this morning:

The death of Osama bin Laden is a significant achievement in our fight against terrorism and strikes a blow to those violent extremists who seek to do our nation and all freedom loving democracies harm. On September 11, 2001, more than 3,000 innocent souls lost their lives and now justice has been served. I commend the men and women of our armed forces and intelligence community for their unwavering commitment to bringing Osama bin Laden to justice.  Our fight against those who want to destroy democracies around the world continues but today we can press ahead, as confident as ever in our nation's ability to confront and triumph over evil.

(D-IL) via Twitter

Gratitude to U.S. military and CIA for persistence & courage. This is a momentous victory against Al Qaeda.

As any American I think it's a great thing that this was a sustained effort by the federal government. They basically never gave up.  I think its important for the families that suffered and continue to suffer that there was some modicum of justice... We still have to remain pretty vigilant, there may be retaliation. There are people out there that hate America.


I’m very optimistically cautious that this is going to give us closure. We’ve learned about the retaliation of Al Qaeda, and I don’t feel it’s time for celebration. It’s a time to rethink our positions on what’s going to happen next. 

The death of anybody, whether friend or foe, should not necessarily be celebrated. If this was a definite end to the War on Terror, there would be joys to be had. But I don’t think this going to end it.

Keep checking back for more updates, or read the rememberance of the Sept. 11 attacks. If you'd like to have your reaction included, leave it as a comment below or email jacob@patch.com.

Bob Blinick May 02, 2011 at 03:55 PM
Interesting for what's being said...and what's not being said. I'm sure, if Bush or some Republican were president, that person would have been named and lauded. But because it's Barack Obama, all credit goes to the military. It's the appearance of statesmanship without the reality.
Pat Craig May 02, 2011 at 04:58 PM
With the "killing" of Osama bin Laden there is jubilation and dancing in the streets. I smell something that in no way resembles crushed rosebuds. There are reports surfacing (FOX; CNN; Reuters) that the body has been "buried at sea and that Islamic law regarding disposal of the corpse has been followed". How is it that(as it says on the AP wire)the details of "the most important and top secret mission in decades"is available literally minutes after it goes down? So secret, that they didn't even share the intel with allied governments or even Pakistani intelligence. And there are already conflicting reports. One reporter called it the most significant assassination of [the time]. Another reporter says Bin Laden struggled when they tried to apprehend him and was killed. This is clearly a case of f b.o.h.i.c.a. (bend over here it comes again) to many thing don't ring true-I smell a rat... or more than likely a steaming pile of political cow dung. Trust your government... the Indians did!
forest barbieri May 02, 2011 at 08:12 PM
As a former Special Forces Officer, I aplaud Obama for making the right and politically difficult tactical choice. A failure would have been a disaster for the USA and Obama...think Jimmy Carter! I have no doubt that had things gone wrong, Heavy Bombers and attack aircreaft were available to demolish the compound and ensure Bin Laden did not escape again. However, verification of his death would have been difficult at best and we could have lost 24 of America's best. 2 Special Ops Seal Teams and pilots. All Americans owe alot to the Navy Seals and Pilots that rehearsed and participated in the mission on our behalf! I have trained with Navy Seals and as an ex Green Beret, I know they are the most amazing and best of America's military! Thank you for being there for us! Next time you see a soldier buying a Starbucks et al, buy it for them!
Pat Craig May 02, 2011 at 09:11 PM
I could not agree more with your statement that we owe a lot to the Seals and their pilots... just as we owe our ability to exchange ideas openly on a forum like this to the sacrifices of all those who have served. Thank you for your service Forest and thanks to all those who have served.


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