Clinton: U.S. Will Redouble Antiterrorism Efforts

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2011 — The Unit­ed States will not become com­pla­cent in the after­math of killing Osama bin Laden, but will con­tin­ue its efforts to stamp out ter­ror­ism with new resolve, Sec­re­tary of State Hillary Rod­ham Clin­ton said today.
“We must take this oppor­tu­ni­ty to renew our resolve and redou­ble our efforts,” she said in remarks deliv­ered from the State Depart­ment this morn­ing.

“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,” she said.

Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma announced late last night that U.S. forces had killed bin Laden, the elu­sive leader of the al-Qai­da ter­ror­ist net­work, out­side Islam­abad, Pak­istan, yes­ter­day. Bin Laden had been a tar­get of U.S. forces since the 1990s, when al-Qai­da bombed the World Trade Cen­ter and the U.S. Embassies in Tan­za­nia and Kenya. The hunt grew after the USS Cole bomb­ing in 2000, then became a focal point after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the Unit­ed States.

His­to­ry will show that bin Laden’s death coin­cid­ed with a rev­o­lu­tion toward peace and democ­ra­cy across the Mid­dle East, Clin­ton said. “His­to­ry will record that bin Laden’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 nar­ra­tive and chart­ing a path of peace­ful progress based on uni­ver­sal rights and aspi­ra­tions,” she said. “There is no bet­ter rebuke to al-Qai­da and its heinous ide­ol­o­gy.”

The Unit­ed States will press hard­er to forge part­ner­ships toward peace and the mil­i­tary and its allies will con­tin­ue the fight in Afghanistan, Clin­ton said. “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,” she said. “The fight con­tin­ues, and we will nev­er waver.”

Clin­ton thanked Amer­i­cans involved in oper­a­tions against al-Qai­da. They “have worked tire­less­ly and relent­less­ly for more than a decade to track down and bring Osama bin Laden, this ter­ror­ist, to jus­tice,” she said.

“From our troops and our intel­li­gence experts to our diplo­mats and our law enforce­ment offi­cials, this has been a broad, deep, very impres­sive effort,” she added. Clin­ton also not­ed the U.S. part­ner­ship with Pak­istan.

“Our part­ner­ships, includ­ing our close coop­er­a­tion with Pak­istan, have helped put unprece­dent­ed pres­sure on al-Qai­da and its lead­er­ship,” she said. “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 or ter­ror will not end with the death of bin Laden.”

Many peo­ple around the world have suf­fered at the hands of al-Qai­da, includ­ing Pak­ista­nis, Clin­ton said. “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,” she said.

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)

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