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Bin Laden's death elicits 'reserved celebration' in NC

Posted May 2, 2011

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— Politicians, military leaders and others across North Carolina expressed satisfaction Monday that the U.S. had tracked down and killed Osama bin Laden, the architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S.

They also expressed reservations about celebrating too much, knowing al-Qaida would likely plot more attacks to avenge the death of their longtime leader.

"You can sing 'Ding, dong, the witch is dead,' but it’s not totally good news unless you wait a week or two and hear there’s no retaliation on any U.S. personnel or U.S. embassies," said Lorrie Budden, a military wife and mother in Fayetteville.

Thirteenth District Congressman Brad Miller agreed that the U.S. needs to be reserved in expressing jubilation at bin Laden's death.

"I think we should avoid trying to gloat. I think that might damage our relationships in that part of the world," Miller said "I think the celebrations are understandable, and I think most Americans, whether they are in the streets or not, are celebrating."

Maj. Gen. Gregory Lusk, the commander of the North Carolina National Guard, characterized his troops emotions as "reserved celebration."

Since 9/11, more than 14,000 members of the N.C. National Guard have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan to fight terrorism, said Lusk, who has served two tours of duty in Iraq.

"This is a seminal moment, something we all need to recognize as historic," he said. "But we also know this is far from over."

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr called the search for bin Laden "the greatest manhunt ever undertaken by American forces." However, he said in a statement that the terrorist leader's followers still pose a "dire threat" to the U.S.

"This is a major development in our fight against terrorism and proves our resolve to hold accountable those who harm American citizens," Burr said.

Army Spc. Bob Delpha, who is stationed at Fort Bragg, said he hopes bin Laden's death will accelerate the timetable for bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

"We’re all psyched. It’s great that we got him," Delpha said. "Hopefully, a lot of this issue that’s going on right now stops, and we can bring our troops home."

Budden said she worries that al-Qaida will escalate terrorist attacks now.

"I have a feeling that the Taliban and al-Qaida are going to be a little miffed because Osama’s been killed. They’re going to make a martyr out of him, and I have a feeling we’re going to be there a bit longer," she said.

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan praised the work of U.S. Special Forces in killing a man she called a "mass murderer," but she said the effort to defeat terrorism isn't over with his death.

"The mission is still to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaida," said Hagan, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee panel on emerging threats. "We want to make sure that Afghanistan is never a safe haven for terrorists like it was before."

Seventh District Congressman Mike McIntyre said in a statement that bin Laden's death "is a tribute to the persistence and patience of our national security team and in particular our Special Operations Forces."

"It is a tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11, it is a commitment to our nation's pursuit of justice, it is a reminder to all those who seek to harm us that we will always be vigilant, and it is a signal of continued commitment to freedom around the world," McIntyre said.

Second District Congresswoman Renee Ellmers echoed President Barack Obama, saying in a statement that "justice has been served."

"Osama bin Laden will never again harm another innocent victim of his violent ideology," Ellmers said. "As we celebrate this victory for freedom over terror, we must remain vigilant and never let down our guard, even as it has suffered a crushing defeat."

Sixth District Congressman Larry Kissell said the death "marks a great step in our war on terror."

"Those who threaten the life and freedom of American citizens, both here and across the globe, will be found and brought to justice," Kissell said in a statement.

Fourth District Congressman David Price said that the U.S. has "achieved a measure of justice."

"It's no question this is a decisive blow to al-Qaida, a long delayed justice, bringing justice to Osama bin Laden," Price said. "But it's also an organization that has a lot of imitators. It has the potential to metastasize."

First District Congressman G.K. Butterfield expressed relief that no American lives were lost in the mission to capture bin Laden.

“While America is certainly safer today, we still face the threat of al-Qaida and must remain alert and vigilant," Butterfield said in a statement.

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  • WritNEWlaws May 3, 2011

    I think we should avoid trying to gloat. I think that might damage our relationships in that part of the world," Miller said -
    Are you kidding me???? I believe old Bin Ladin himself and his pathetic tribe gloated for ten years!!! Time to celebrate and find the other members of this tribe.

  • ajfuddermukker May 3, 2011

    I feel like some that we are celebrating before we should. Just because their leader is dead does not mean that the organization is dead. Just like 9/11, there are still sleeper cells out there waiting for then predetermined time to make their move. The sad part is, that we don't know who they are or when the pre determined time is. I think we should celebrate, just not so much so soon.

  • jscott13 May 2, 2011

    So...they might retaliate. Is the implication here that we shouldn't have killed him because we are afraid of the reaction of al-Qaida. Killing Osama was retaliation for 911. As long as they continue with their total lack of respect for life, we will need to keep finding and killing al-Qaida leaders until all are feeding the fish along with their fearless leader who hid behind a woman when the Seals were shooting at him. He is right where he belongs.

  • Stand-In-The-Door May 2, 2011

    So Pakistan denies all knowledge of Bin Laden's whereabouts huh? Like to see how they talk themselves out of this one.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 2, 2011

    carboro - " I have a Muslim friend who is the nicest kid you'd ever meet. His other friends call him a "terrorist" & "Osama" as jokes. He'd always laugh it off but I hated it when they did that."

    1. Doesn't sound like they were friends, and

    2. Problem with some religions is, some follow blindly, regardless of what they're asked to do. The Muslim religion is, by and large, like that - all in the name of religion.

  • carrboroyouth May 2, 2011

    I understand kannr. I have a Muslim friend who is the nicest kid you'd ever meet. His other friends call him a "terrorist" & "Osama" as jokes. He'd always laugh it off but I hated it when they did that.

  • kannr May 2, 2011

    Please don't get me wrong...I know people of the Muslim faith who currently serve in the US military. However, it is not those who follow their faith, but those (like Bin Laden) who are fanatics and feel that they are justified in their jihad. There are those in the US who agree that what UBL did was right...those are the ones who I would like to hear rejoice that he is gone and that they can follow the peaceful Muslim faith.

  • Worland May 2, 2011

    Killing UBL last weekend was good timing. It completely over shadows the fact Obama killed a bunch of women and children in Libya.

  • NC Reader May 2, 2011

    voiceofreason32 -- Check out CNN's website, where there are at least two stories about American Muslim reaction.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 2, 2011

    "You can sing 'Ding, dang, the witch is dead,' but it’s not totally good news unless you wait a week or two and hear there’s no retaliation on any U.S. personnel or U.S. embassies," said Lorrie Budden, a military wife and mother in Fayetteville.

    AMEN!!!

    Cause the Wicked Witch of the East (the one the house fell on) DID have a sister, and it was SHE then who raised havoc with Dorothy and the gang after her sister died.

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