Osama bin Laden death: 'God bless' U.S. forces who killed 9/11 mastermind, former California governor says
Current and former California officials expressed pride Sunday night in the U.S. forces who killed 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden.
"Finally justice is served," said former Gov. Gray Davis. "And it has taken more than a decade to bring the architect of the greatest attack on America to justice.
"I had frankly given up hope and assumed we just wouldn't find him; so I was at first shocked, then gratified. I understand it was a Navy Seal operation, and they do a spectacular job," he said. "God bless them, and I think every American should say a prayer for them."
Congressman Howard L. Berman (D-Valley Village) released this statement: “Osama bin Laden was an enemy of the United States and the free world, and his death represents a great success in the long fight against terror. Tonight we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the brave men and women of our armed forces and our entire intelligence community. Still, the fight against extremism must continue. We now face diffuse, decentralized threats around the world, and we must intensify our efforts if we are to make certain the extremism Bin Laden represented is ultimately defeated.”
And California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro issued this statement: “All Americans stand together tonight pleased and in relief that one of history's worst villains has finally met an appropriate end. While this does not mean that the world is free of the terror he came to represent, I applaud the dedication of our military for seeing this part of the mission to a successful end. I hope for all the world that this important victory means that the course of the war on terror has changed irrevocably towards the forces of justice and freedom."
-- Seema Mehta
Photos: (Top) Gray Davis. Credit: Los Angeles Times. (Bottom) Howard Berman. Credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press