Secretary Clinton Delivers Remarks on the Death of Osama bin Laden

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
May 2, 2011

On May 2, 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered remarks on the death of Osama bin Laden and addressed what this means for U.S. efforts going forward. Secretary Clinton said:

"Good morning. As President Obama said last night, Osama bin Laden is dead, and justice has been done. And today, I want to say a few words about what this means for our efforts going forward.

"First, I want to offer my thoughts and prayers to the thousands of families whose loved ones were killed in Osama bin Laden's campaign of terror and violence, from the embassy bombings in Africa, to the strike on the U.S.S. Cole, to the attacks of September 11, 2001, and so many more. These were not just attacks against Americans, although we suffered grievous losses; these were attacks against the whole world. In London and Madrid, Bali, Istanbul, and many other places, innocent people -- most of them Muslims -- were targeted in markets and mosques, in subway stations, and on airplanes, each attack motivated by a violent ideology that holds no value for human life or regard for human dignity. I know that nothing can make up for the loss of the victims or fill the voids they left, but I hope their families can now find some comfort in the fact that justice has been served.

"Second, I want to join the President in honoring the courage and commitment of the brave men and women who serve our country and have worked tirelessly and relentlessly for more than a decade to track down and bring Osama bin Laden, this terrorist, to justice. From our troops and our intelligence experts, to our diplomats and our law enforcement officials, this has been a broad, deep, very impressive effort.

"Here at the State Department, we have worked to forge a worldwide anti-terror network. We have drawn together the effort and energy of friends, partners, and allies on every continent. Our partnerships, including our close cooperation with Pakistan, have helped put unprecedented pressure on al-Qaida and its leadership. Continued cooperation will be just as important in the days ahead, because even as we mark this milestone, we should not forget that the battle to stop al-Qaida and its syndicate of terror will not end with the death of bin Laden. Indeed, we must take this opportunity to renew our resolve and redouble our efforts.

"In Afghanistan, we will continue taking the fight to al-Qaida and their Taliban allies, while working to support the Afghan people as they build a stronger government and begin to take responsibility for their own security. We are implementing the strategy for transition approved by NATO at the summit in Lisbon, and we supporting an Afghan-led political process that seeks to isolate al-Qaida and end the insurgency. Our message to the Taliban remains the same, but today it may have even greater resonance: You cannot wait us out. You cannot defeat us. But you can make the choice to abandon al-Qaida and participate in a peaceful political process.

"In Pakistan we are committed to supporting the people and government as they defend their own democracy from violent extremism. Indeed, as the President said, bin Laden had also declared war on Pakistan. He had ordered the killings of many innocent Pakistani men, women, and children. In recent years, the cooperation between our governments, militaries, and law enforcement agencies increased pressure on al-Qaida and the Taliban, and this progress must continue and we are committed to our partnership.

"History will record that bin Ladin's death came at a time of great movements toward freedom and democracy, at a time when the people across the Middle East and North Africa are rejecting the extremist narratives and charting a path of peaceful progress based on universal rights and aspirations. There is no better rebuke to al-Qaida and its heinous ideology.

"All over the world we will press forward, bolstering our partnerships, strengthening our networks, investing in a positive vision of peace and progress, and relentlessly pursuing the murderers who target innocent people. The fight continues, and we will never waver. Now I know there are some who doubted this day would ever come, who questioned our resolve and our reach. But let us remind ourselves, this is America. We rise to the challenge, we persevere, and we get the job done.

"I am reminded especially today of the heroism and humanity that marked the difficult days after 9/11. In New York, where I was a senator, our community was devastated; but we pulled through. Ten years later, that American spirit remains as powerful as ever, and it will continue to prevail. So this is a day, not only for Americans, but also for people all over the world who look to a more peaceful and secure future -- yes, with continued vigilance, but more so with growing hope and renewed faith in what is possible.

"Thank you all very much."

You can also read the Secretary's remarks here on state.gov.

Comments

Comments

vikas s.
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India
May 2, 2011

Vikas S. in India writes:

Really this is very good thing that the Bin Laded had been meet his end,, i relly appreciates the stand adopted by the united states against the laden,,but at the same time the united states had been blackmailed by the Pakistan double standards,, on one had he provide refuge to laden and on the other hand he grants money from united states,,and this is a failure of yours policies,,,

Vladimir
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Russia
May 2, 2011

Vladimir in Russia writes:

True window in Russian peace.

Ekenyerengozi C.
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Nigeria
May 2, 2011

Ekenyerengozi C. in Nigeria writes:

Even majority of people in Nigeria are glad. We were asleep when the breaking news by President Barack Obama woke us up before the third cock crow.

We thank God for the victory!

Susan C.
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Florida, USA
May 2, 2011

Susan C. in Florida writes:

I agree with Vikas S. in India...our financial support of Pakistan should end. Please don't tell me that the government/military of Pakistan did not know that bin Laden was hiding "in plain sight" in their country. They are not our "friends" and we must stop paying for the privilege of being deceived. With that said, I want to thank President Obama and the Navy Seals for their courageous actions. I am a grateful American. Thank you.

Afrika
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South Africa
May 2, 2011

Afrika in South Africa writes:

As we celebrate victory over America's No.1 Enemy, Lets not forget that the Alqaeda is a group! for now its a toast to all our American Soldiers

gorans
May 2, 2011

G. writes:

I especially liked this part: "History will record that bin Ladin's death came at a time of great movements toward freedom and democracy, at a time when the people across the Middle East and North Africa are rejecting the extremist narratives and charting a path of peaceful progress based on universal rights and aspirations. There is no better rebuke to al-Qaida and its heinous ideology.''

Jerome K.
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Massachusetts, USA
May 2, 2011

Jerome K. in Massachusetts writes:

The strangle hold over the world which has been held in a death grip for almost a decade has finally been relieved. Although we have been left gasping for breath and fighting for life, we have preserved! The dedication and passion for liberty of the servicemen and women of our military cannot truly be measured. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your efforts to allow us to breath again. If not from you then from whom! The consequences of inaction would truly have brought on continued darkness and despair.

John P.
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Greece
May 2, 2011

John P. in Greece writes:

"Great balls of fire", as the music says...

"this is a day, not only for Americans, but also for people all over the world who look to a more peaceful and secure future".

1. I think, I heard in the news, it was CIA special Units and not the SEALS (chuckle). I think we owe them a big thanks. THANK YOU!

2. Yes I agree with you, maybe we should reconsider the logistics for Pakistan. My Best to FL]

Klaus
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Germany
May 2, 2011

Klaus in Germany writes:

Death is not really a cause for celebration, but it feels good that this man is no longer in this world. Thanks for this News.

John
May 2, 2011

John in North America writes:

Congratulations on this success. I look forward to seeing the false teachers of Islam targeted – the ones that fill the minds of some with so much poison – I look forward to the day our world is free from all forms of fanaticism. Stay strong, Stay free and God bless to all of you that risk their lives quietly – so the rest of us can live a bit safer lives.

Maureen
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Massachusetts, USA
May 2, 2011

Maureen in Massachusetts writes:

President Obama, Madame Secretary,

"Ask not what your country can do for you..."

A somber reminder that the pursuit of peace is in fact, relentless.

DonaldM
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Virginia, USA
May 2, 2011

Donald M. in Virginia writes:

"BRAVO ZULU"

Excellent JOB getting Osama bin laden, however the pressure needs to be placed on his right hand man now. I personally spent many years as well trying to help in the whereabouts of Osama bin laden. I command the Obama administration for approving the action to finally end a chapter of terror, taking the head off the snake that has cost the world trillions of dollars, multitude of innocent lives lossed, and property. A great day to celebrate and also commend the Navy Seals Team 6 for carrying out the task. I think we all would of liked to have been there to watch the Most wanted terrorist be taken out. Uncle sam saves 27 million dollars on the reward and world is a safer place.

Helen R.
May 3, 2011

Helen R. writes:

I'm afraid of Americans.

David Bowie gets it: "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHuhzUsT3bQ&feature=related"

ashim c.
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India
May 3, 2011

Ashim K.C. in India writes:

hope this mission helps US to finally assert what it thinks about pak sincereity in war against terrorism...pakistan is making a business of terrorism .... stop aids to pakistan and find a way to keep china away from south asia...most of the problemsin the region shall be over...but there is no denying whole of south asia shd be as active as NATO in afpak region because they shall all be direct beneficiaries of peace ... why should US led NATO be alone in the mission.

Susan C.
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Florida, USA
May 3, 2011

Susan C. in Florida writes:

@ John in Greece...You are right. Across the board, it was a job well done. Whether it was our Navy Seals, our intelligence community, and/or our President, for all concerned, it was the best ever! I am proud of my country.

DonaldM
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Virginia, USA
May 3, 2011

Donald M. in Virginia writes:

Hi everyone,

I meant to say "Commend NOT command" in my earlier blog. Guess with all the excitement my fingers move faster than my brain cells. I am proud of everyone, glad President Barack Obama stood up to Osama bin laden, and that the United States can show the world we still have what it takes to deal with terrorists. I just hope now hes perished our gas prices will start coming down.

Well Done to all those involved!!!

John P.
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Greece
May 3, 2011

John P. in Greece writes:

@ Susan C. in Florida

This is exactly what I meant: "family business". All United, Strong and Successful.

I'll also take the chance to emphasize on something extremely important underlined by Donald's in VA post.

Although we had the greatest counterterrorism success in history, we must stay ALERT. We are not over with terrorism yet.

Terrorism is like snakes. Either you kill "all" the snake, or its poison remains ready to kill again.

Best Regards!

GED
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United States
May 4, 2011

Ged in the U.S.A. writes:

It is great article which i read completely, thanks for sharing it mate.

palgye
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South Korea
May 4, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Death of Osama bin Laden

To mourn his death, for the purpose of his own- ordinary civilians are killed. For the purposes of all people have their own means and methods used to break into, but it does not use large-scale murder. Who did give him a license to kill? To combat them, government soldiers and the war should have been annoyed to think that.

Who do you blame for the deaths of innocent civilians?

Frankly, the victims' families think they are happy in your heart. I'm sorry for the family of Osama bin Laden,

If you are afraid of Muslim backlash,

Libya's civil war as a victory of Islam will lead to think that there is a way. If anything, the militia if they win, I get more support from Islamic groups to think. Better results with the help of the U.S. side think there will be created. (Why do not you are working with The White House?)

PS: Google Korea is under investigation by police in South Korea wondering what is the reason.

Baseball: The Betrayal is thought to be responsible for the results themselves. In order to gain the help of his betrayal of someone, if (Some women will remember the tears of a figure skater.)

The men here than the U.S., South Korea is interested in far more. But it's hard to understand ..

years75
May 4, 2011

W.W. writes:

Information for upcoming meeting in Rome

Subject-Lybia North Africa and E.U. clandestine Immigration :

Frattini Interviewed :

Q:'Why those people have no interest in developping their own FatherLand?'
A:'They need to be educated'
Q:'Do you think Libya will have Democratic right of vote even for his current leader''
A:'It will be hard'

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Zharkov
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United States
May 4, 2011

Zharkov in the U.S.A. writes:

Not a single mention here about legality?

As an American, I'd want to know for certain that Bin Laden was guilty.

I'd want to see all the evidence that inferred he was innocent as he first claimed after 9/11/2001.

I'd want to know why the FBI said they had no evidence he was involved.

I'd want to know why the CIA kept Bin Laden on their payroll after the Soviet Army left Afghanistan.

I'd want to know if he had any help inside our own government.

I'd want to be certain it was only Bin Laden who gave the order to kill, before I pulled the trigger on him.

Osama's daughter has reportedly told her Pakistani investigators that the US forces captured her father alive but shot him dead in front of family members.

Many in Europe question whether this operation violated international law.

In 1863, the United States Army attempted to codify all of its military doctrines into a comprehensive manual. The end result of this effort was the Lieber Code. But the Lieber Code was also noteworthy for its attempt to address the issue of assassination.

The code explicitly stated: "Civilized nations look with horror upon offers or rewards for the assassination of enemies as relapses into barbarism."

Clearly, the Lieber Code viewed assassination as something that was not to be committed at all whether in times of war or peace. But the Lieber Code was binding only on members of the US military.

The Hague Convention
In 1907, the Second Hague Peace Conference was convened in order to set forth rules and customs in warfare. One issue that the Convention sought to address was the issue of assassination.

Article 23(b) of the annex to the Hague Convention IV stated that it is forbidden "to kill or wound treacherously individuals belonging to the hostile nation or army."

Executive Order 12,333
In 1976, as a result of Congress' failure to pass legislation to prohibit US agents from engaging in assassinations, President Gerald Ford issued Executive Order 11,905 which prohibited United States Government employees or agents from engaging in assassination.

Presidents Carter and Reagan reissued the Executive Order (now referred to as Executive Order 12,333) without any significant changes.

Both Presidents Bush and Clinton never revoked the Executive Order. As a result, Executive Order 12,333 still remains in effect to this day, and says: "No person employed by or acting on behalf of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, assassination."

Section 2.12 of the order prohibits
indirect participation in activities prohibited by the order, stating:
"Indirect participation.
No agency of the Intelligence Community shall participate in or request any person to
undertake activities forbidden by this Order."

Article 2(4) of the United Nations Charter prohibits "the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the purpose of the United Nations."

One scholar has interpreted Article 2(4) to mean that assassination is an unlawful killing which is prohibited under international law under any circumstances.

Protocol I, Geneva Convention Of 1949.
Protocol I Additional To The Geneva Convention of 1949 was opened for signing on December 12, 1977.

Protocol I sought to establish certain limitations upon covert operatives who operated behind enemy lines.

Protocol I reflected the concern that covert combatants would endanger the civilian population within which the combatants operated.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
May 4, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ John, Donald, Susan,

I agree with all you've said, and I'd add a thought or two...

I find Bin Laden's choice of location to build a hideout rather interesting.

For him it held a number of strategic advantages.

1. That it would be about the last place either the US or Pakistani military intel. would think to look for him.

2. That if discovered in that location regardless of the results, US and Pakistani relations would be severely harmed...and having declared war on the taliban over harboring him, I bet he figured we'd do the same with Pakistan given his proximity to their military and the questions raised because of the location he chose for a "safe house".

3. I always thought he'd fled to Iran being that he liked being a "guest" and his family had gone there. Well I was right in one sense in that he wanted to find a place he could be with family, and living in comfortable surroundings...and in that he would choose a place it would create controversy and conflict to go extract him...I just had the wrong location in mind.

After having heard the Pak government insist for so many years at the highest levels that he was "nowhere in Pakistan".

I figured they ought to know since it was their resposibility to protect their people as it is ours to protect our own.

And now that they've lost considerable "face" over this, I hear their former leader complaining about the US violating their soverign territory to go get him.

The Pakistani leadership were given advance notice of what action would be taken by the US if he was ever discovered within their territorial boundaries.

Personally I think such an attitude expressed doesn't take into account al-quaida and the taliban's "occupation" of Pakistani territory being a violation of Pakistani soveriegnity on a constant basis, nor that by taking down bin laden, the US is in fact helping the Pakistani people re-establish soveriegnity over their territory so it won't be used as safe haven for terrorists.

Frankly I'm a little suprised no US official has put the matter in this exact context publicly yet. Given all the doubts expressed by members of this government, the public , and the press as to exactly what kind of partnership we have with Pakistan today in the ongoing evolving war on terrorism.

One of my friends expressed concern that we set a bad precedent in this "violation of soveriegnity", and I had to remind him that we removed a government to go get him when they failed to hand him over (the taliban), and that I didn't think we wanted to risk having to go that rout again by asking the Pak gov. to "hand him over". Thus informing them after the fact.

As I was getting my coffee this morning, the lady who served me at the counter said she thought the spontaneous celebrations over bin laden's demise were "sick" and "an aburd display of nationalism"...and since I try to make it a point never to get into an argument until I've finished my coffee, I held my thoughts in private.

( I'm getting to the point, so I beg the reader's indugence)

America wasn't celebrating the death of a man, his death was just an iconic symbol of a victory of the sane over the insane, for every sane person on this planet.

Nationalism didn't really have anything to do with folks chanting "USA, USA, USA!", all that was was folks recognition that we are a nation led by the sane, elected by the sane, for sanity, and of a sane purpose.

That and the fact that we find ourselves today "over the hump" in what some folks have described as an "endless war".

There's a tangible inflection point that has been reached in that it's all down-hill for al-quaida from here.

And that too is worth celebrating if one is sane to begin with.

I don't know that the world is safer...probably is given that we no longer have to worry about bin laden's intent anymore, but it's definately a wee bit saner world to live in as a result.

So as I turn 51 today, I can thank my government for making this a good day, better than expected, and much anticipated.

Given the flak this nation took over the intelligence failure of finding no WMD in Iraq, I find that my government's patience with the Pakistani government is indeed admirable as they take time to reflect on their intelligence failure for having had a WMD right under their noses and a US opp conducted right under their noses to recover and render harmless one of the most dangerous WMD's of all.

Wheras a man's intent can be considered such.

Does Ghaddafi have a bull's eye painted on his forehead yet?

I think he must assume so.

EJ

DonaldM
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Virginia, USA
May 5, 2011

Donald M. in Virginia writes:

The bigger question for the Government of Pakistan, How do they accept US Aid from our Government while they overlook a detail of having the most wanted terrorist living in their country. I think the US should question the previous Prime Minister of Pakistan, because he would been active when Osama bin laden came to his country. A full investigation as to what involvement the previous Prime Minister and Osama bin laden. Then I think the answer will start making sense.

Lifequotes
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Australia
May 17, 2011

M.L. in Australia writes:

To the extent Bin Laden is a terrorist, might one label the U.S. to be a terrorist, too? Al Qaeda may have a casual disregard for American life (about 3,000 died in New York), but so does the U.S. have a disregard for Muslim life (110,000 civilian deaths in Iraq, 9,000 civilian death in Afghanistan). Is the coalition a terrorist body?

Those that "profess" that, are guilty of "false analogy". So without entering into a lengthy forensic analysis, here are the major points of difference:

# Al Qiada INSTIGATED terrorist actions for religious/political purposes.

# The US Admin RESPONDED militarily, to protect non-military personnel.

# AQ continues to instigate & remains un-remorseful and vows endless action.

# The US is and remains, reluctant to continue, unnecessarily.

# OBL's group TARGETS indiscriminate murder of as many unarmed civilians as possible.

# The US TARGETS terrorist groups only and AVOIDS civilians (albeit somewhat unsuccessfully).

# AQ TARGETS all nationalities (even Muslims), of all ages, in all countries.

# The Coalition TARGETS ONLY the sources of terrorists hotspots.

# AQ operates virtually unilaterally to no rules of engagement.

# The US operates within UN (world body) approved guidelines.

# AQ utilizes largely militarily untrained personnel and happily "sacrifices" them.

# The Coalition utilizes only trained military forces, and lovingly "protects" them.

# AQ's aim is attention-seeking through mass murder.

# America's aim is world order, through policing.

# AQ's aim is dictatorial world domination through harsh Sharia law.

# The US aim is freedom for all men, including Muslims.

# AQ respects martyrdom through death.

# America respects the sanctity of life.

This list is in no way, exhaustive, but I hope shows that this argument compares apples to pine-apples. Great post however, and thanks for letting me share.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
May 19, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ M.L. in Australia,

Thanks mate, that was a good read, and some well applied logic.

What is really telling (other than finding porn in bin laden's hide away from reality) is that here's this so-called leader and great strategist, inspiration to an amazing number of idiots brainwashed into throwing their lives away for jihad,....and it's quite evident that he never studied his enemy and thus based his whole strategy on a completely false premise.

Which by his diary stated;

Simply that if he killed enough Americans we'd go home and hide behind oceans, never to set foot in the mideast again, abandoning our legitimate interests in the region in the process.

Well at this point I think it's fairly safe to say that if one were to kill three thousand of us in one whack, that's a real good way to assure we'll be in the neighborhood for the next 50 years kicking terrorist assests, along with their sponsor's backsides, removing governments that stand against us at will, and generally turning the status quo on its ear, all the while being hosted as invited guests on multiple bases throughout the region on Arab nation's soil.

Yet even with all the physical evidence of having reaped exactly the opposite of what he intended, he was still convinced he had a winning strategy right till a bullet in the head gave him an attitude adjustment.

He neither studied historicly why we went to war, how we fight wars, or how we win them, let alone what motivates us to begin with in these activities.

Nor did he study the strategy and tactics of those who've been defeated by us or he probably would have been given pause for thought on Admiral Yammamoto's after-action analysis of his attack on Pearl Harbor; "We have awoke a sleeping giant."

Big mistake, that...

The simple truth is;

We are a nation of "Nation builders" on many levels despite any protestations to the contrary by this or any other administration and we honor life , liberty and the persuit of happiness thereby; in having compassion in the mist of our wrath, for the innocent, the displaced, the repressed, the hungry and the fearful caught up in the middle of a war we didn't start, who are trying to rebuild their nations from scratch, politically, economicly, and attitudinally to restore the physical and social infrastructure and services in adequate measure that serves their ability to have a future that holds promise rather than despair.

It should be explained in simple terms to his surviving minions that the arrogent blindness with which he held America in contempt also prevented him from realizing his folly in holding attachment to such failed strategy for an entire decade, and his incompetence in thinking it could ever succeed.

It would be the compassionate thing to do to explain this to Al-quaida and the taliban for the fact that those who still have notions of making jihad upon us must be dumb as a box of rocks to throw their lives away on such a fool's errand.

Lest it escape folks notice that were we to be a "terrorist nation" and didn't give a damn about folks, we would have nuked Afghanistan the day after 9/11, Pakistan the day after that, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lybia, and anywhere else terrorists were hanging out in the week following and North Korea the week after that just for grins and giggles 'cause we can and still have enough left over to hold the rest of the world hostage to our will on pain of mutually assured destruction.

I wish folks would stop and consider just exactly what we are capable of as a nation if we had a really nasty attitude on board, before they decided to declare war on us or decide to call us the "enemy" and promote our demise.

Or even dare to think of us as a terrorist nation, when they haven't seen anything but restraint in utilizing the terror that this nation could unleash on the terminally stupid if we were ever of a mind to.

Best regards,

EJ

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
June 8, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

News Item:

Ayman al-Zawahri, long the second in command of Al Qaeda, delivered his first public comments on the killing of his boss Osama bin Laden in an American raid last month, saying in a video eulogy posted by Al Qaeda’s media arm on Wednesday that Bin Laden had “terrified America in his life” and “will continue to terrify it after his death.”

"http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/09/world/asia/09zawahri.html?ref=world"

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Little follow-up to my previous post here proving my point that the leadership of al-quaida just flat haven't a clue what makes America tick.

While a terrorist by nature attempts to terrorize by maiming , killing and injuring people, and bin laden certainly succeeeded in killing a few thousand Americans in his lifetime, the only thing he actually suceeded in doing was pissing us off and inspiring us to keep throwing a "boot party" for the terminally stupid until hell freezes over, or the world becomes a better place to raise kids up in...whichever comes first.

As for terrorizing anyone from the hereafter, about the only thing bin laden would have been capable of doing was giving a few fish indigestion.

( he should have stuck with watching porno movies, he might have produced one himself with 72 virgins in it and been a lot better off than where he's at now)

As it stands, Zawahiri must be deaf not to hear America laughing at his political stupidity, but hey it's fine with me if he wants to continue to live in his illusions of grandure, his ticket will be punched shortly as well.

Before the summer's out I would guess...(it's actually a very complex set of probabilities intertwined with trend lines that leads me to this conclusion, but I'll call it a guess because as educated as it is, it's subject to a lot of performance variables in the prediction.

But as long as we put Murphy's law to work for us, it will work against our enemies.

So we just have to instigate causing everything that can go wrong for al quaida to become manifest...beyond all reasonable probability.

I also think it must be made publicly clear to the entire world that if Iran continues to arm the Taliban and Al-quaida we will declare war upon them ( unilaterally if we must as an act of self defense) for only the threat of all out war will have any chance of changing that regime's behavior, and you must engage them from a point of personal survival to impress upon the leadership that we can punch their ticket tommorrow if that's what they force us to do as a nation.

What I suggest is not exactly diplomatic, in fact an ultimatum given on multiple levels, human rights and nuclear issues get rolled right into any such decision as all factors must be given proportional weight as to the body of evidence to support a mission of regime replacement therapy in Iran.

I think Amb. Ryan Crocker would probably agree that a political solution comes a lot faster when the "insurgents" are flat running out of ammo and can't keep up the fight.

America and our President face a pretty stark choice with Iran in the next coming year to two years. Either formulate a working policy crafted with the intent to engage in regime replacement therapy now, or being forced to nuke Iran later when they have the bomb and try to blackmail the region with them.

And the rest of the world faces an equally stark choice of standing with us or getting the hell out of the way when that happens.

As it almost certainly will as long as cxurrent policy of sanction and isolation continue to fail to produce results we can live with.

Even if you "step up your game" at the UN with Iran, it won't work as long as the strategy employed is inadequate to bring whatever game it is to comprehensive resolution.

For no UN resolution so far has made a damned bit of difference to the leadership in Iran.

Iran it has been said , "is playing a very dangerous game" and karma will factor into what will inevitably (as a univesal law of the human condition), become manifest because of their actions.

What one gives out, one gets back...ergo; one who rules by terror will live in fear.

EJ

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
June 10, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Quote of the Day:

"The day after the first Iranian nuclear test for us Iranians will be an ordinary day, but in the eyes of many of us, it will have a new shine."

--The Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

Source: "http://gsn.nti.org/gsn/" - 6/10/2011

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To those it may concern @ State,

In an unpredictable world, I find it often is the case that ethical infants will prove my case (see prior post) has merit within 24-48 hours on a very predictable schedual, based on their record of doing so.
I really don't know what to tell folks @ State to make of this statistical anomaly, but the archives of Dipnote do tell the tale,...and I'll let the "powers that be" decide why that is,...as frankly, I flat just don't know.

What I do know is that through no fault of this government, it's policy of "engagement" has proven fruitless, and baren of producing fruit under the current leadership of Iran.

While they try to fill the void in terror's leadership left by the vacum of bin laden's death, and continue to persue "glow in the dark" dreams of destruction upon folks that don't see life the way they do.

Look folks, just take their word for it, you don't have to take mine.

It's time to put this regime out of business, and that much should be completely self evident to anyone concerned with peace and security, in this nation or any other that calls itself sanely led, with good intent.

We have a saying for inevitibility manifest here in New Mexico:

"Es tiempo" (it's time.)

In taking on Syria's dysfunctionality, I believe Iran's must be as well simultaneously.

I sure hope the IAEA is listening...

Seems to me this quote of the day bears remarkable actionable intent, or ill intent towards peace.

Kind of negates the Iranian line of propaganda that their nuclear program is for "peaceful purposes" in a very clear manner.

EJ

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