Surely, this fight is not over. We cannot allow a safe harbor to territories that permit terror to be planned and provide succor to these villains. There are still people at-large who have harmed us. The fight goes on. Every American must continue to do their part.
Now is the time for us as American citizens to reflect and remember the unity that was recognized after the initial 9/11 attack in 2001 – to remember that we are all in this together -- to understand that although we can never bring complete justice to those who lost their lives on 9/11, their loved ones and to the first responders, soldiers and military personnel that died and served our nation because of the horrific events of that day, we honor their sacrifice and do what we can to alleviate their suffering. It is now a time for New Yorkers and Americans to gain a sense of closure regarding the death of Osama bin Laden.
President Obama went to New York City to say, “We did what we said we were going to do. Americans – even in the midst of tragedy – will come together, across the years, across politics, across party, across administrations, to make sure that justice is done.”
In New York, President Obama took part in a wreath laying ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial. After that, he met privately with 9/11 families, firefighters, and police officers. Former New York City Mayor and Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani joined President Obama. As I write, President Obama is planning to go to Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, where he will talk to service members who have recently come home from deployment. Several units, including the 101st Airborne Division, which has several Brigade Combat Teams that have recently come back from Afghanistan as a large part of the division remains deployed, call Ft. Campbell home.
This is the time to recapture the sense of unity we all felt in the days immediately following September 11, 2001, particularly with regard to our security. It took a long time to find bin Laden, but we as a country never gave up and we have showed the evildoers that our country can do big things – difficult things – when we put our minds to it.
Is it over? I don’t think so. As long as human beings look towards and revel in our differences we will be at war with ourselves and those we see as different or whom we disagree with. But with that said, I also believe that we should not live in fear and continue to promote democracy and freedom throughout the world.
Today we are a bit safer not only in the United States but in places like Madrid and London – places that have also been changed forever by attacks put forth by Osama bin Laden – but we can stand proud that our nation has taken a big step in the fight against terrorism and for that we should all share our gratitude, together.