Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Reactions to news of Osama bin Laden's death - RACINE JOURNAL TIMES

Here are some reactions to the news that the United States killed Osama bin Laden:

"The President's announcement that Osama Bin Laden has been found and killed is simply fantastic news. After 10 years of dedicated effort across two administrations, we have struck a major blow against al-Qaida and achieved a momentous turning point in our nation's ongoing war on terrorism."

- U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

"I was surprised at first. But glad they finally got it taken care of ... It's definitely a relief. I don't think it will put a complete stop to the terrorists, but I really think it helps a lot."

- Marine Cpl. Brad Ley, 25, of Racine, who served in Iraq from 2004-05 and 2007-08

"My reaction was it's a great day and Jacob is smiling. It was because of him (bin Laden) that Jake decided he wanted to be in the military... He wanted to do it for the people in the twin towers."

- Donna Meinert, 69, Racine, whose grandson Cpl. Jacob A. Meinert died in Afghanistan in 2010.

"Justice has finally been delivered to Osama bin Laden. Let us hope and pray that the evil this man spread will begin to fade now that his life and influence have ended. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to America's finest who carried out the successful operation and to all of those who have sacrificed to preserve our freedom."

- Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.

"We have dealt a big blow to al-Qaida, limiting their ability to cause us any damage in the future. We should be proud that we have brought an evil man to justice."

- Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis.

"Osama bin Laden perverted Islam and the Islamic legal code to celebrate death and slandered the Qur'an to preach a nobility for suicide bombers. When I was in Afghanistan, I worked with Afghan lawyers and translators who left their country to escape an oppressive al-Qaida rule. They found sanctuary in Pakistan. I am thankful that Pakistan did not prove a sanctuary for bin Laden."

- Erik R. Guenther, a former Racine attorney who worked in Afghanistan training criminal defense attorneys from 2007-08.