Michiganders React To bin Laden's Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Reaction from Michigan lawmakers and residents to the death of Osama bin Laden:
"For me, hearing the news of his death brought back a flood of painful memories of Sept 11, as well as sorrow for those that didn't survive. It also brought me great satisfaction to be part of a country that refused to give up the hunt for the man that killed thousands of our citizens, even if it took a decade to find him. There's no joy in his death for me. I won't be firing guns in the air. However, the world is a better place without him." -- Patrick Anderson, founder and chief executive of Anderson Economic Group in East Lansing. He escaped from a hotel at the World Trade Center complex soon after the first plane struck the north tower in the Sept. 11 attacks.
"We have brought to justice a terrorist with the blood of thousands of Americans on his hands, and brought justice to the families of his victims. This closes a key chapter in the war on terror -- it's hard to imagine an end to al-Qaida without the death of bin Laden. While we can all certainly celebrate this important victory, the fight will go on. We will not stop until al-Qaida has been eliminated." -- U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., who serves as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
"Osama bin Laden murdered thousands of Americans, yet evaded justice for years. Our country is united in gratitude to the brave men and women of our intelligence and counter terrorism community and our troops for their sacrifices in keeping us safe from terror," U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.
"Last night (Sunday night), we received confirmation that he has met a fitting end at the hands of the brave men and women of the United States military and intelligence services. Our terrorist enemies must understand that our great nation will never relent in our effort to bring to justice those who would perpetrate acts of murder against the innocent. Let the death of this terrorist mass murderer stand as a symbol of our collective resolve. This is tremendous news for our nation and the world." -- U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich.
"The fact that his death came at the hand of U.S. forces is very fitting, and I hope that the families of the victims of 9/11 and other terrorist attacks can find some closure and comfort in knowing he is gone. ... As a nation, we must remain vigilant and steadfast as we continue to battle radicalism at home and abroad. But today we can all feel a little better knowing that the evil man behind the deaths of thousands of Americans is dead." -- U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich.
"We welcome the announcement that Osama bin Laden has been eliminated as a threat to our nation and the world through the actions of our military personnel. In addition to the killing of thousands of Americans, he and al-Qaida caused the deaths of countless Muslims worldwide. We also welcome President (Barack) Obama's clear statement ... that the United States is not at war with Islam." -- Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.


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