Justice no matter how long it takes - justice will be done George W Bush Eric LaMont Gregory
Crimes, extra judicial murders, were committed in the United States on the 11th of September 2001, and the path of responsibility for those crimes led directly to forces operating in the failed state of Afghanistan. Several of those involved had already been captured or killed, but the head of the organisation that chose to attack American civilians eluded interdiction, until now.
The mastermind of the Beruit barracks bombing was recently blown up in his car in dowtown Damascus, some of the perpetrators of the two American Embassy bombings in Africa were killed in Somalia, and most recently Bin Laden in Pakistan.
There is much discussion as to the right of the United States to defend itself, when that defense involves the use of force within the territory of another state. The alternative, is to allow capital crimes to be committed in one state, and to have a second state offer sanctuary to murderers.
That just will not do.
President Bush upon learning of the demise of Bin Laden stated that, "The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: no matter how long it takes - justice will be done."
In the current era of, albeit fledgeling bipartanship, perhaps a quote from President Kennedy's Inaugural Address might portray adequately an American view of our right to self defense:
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty."
At a time of unprecedented need to get about the business of uplifting the human condition, the world can ill afford the ascendency of the forces of destruction. And, we will not tolerate those who choose brutality against Americans. Remembering that terror is not about politics, it is about demonstrating power over the lives of others.
The United States of America, cannot and will not tolerate the extra judicial murder of Americans; there is no sanctuary from justice.