George W. Bush: “No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.”
Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001. I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission. They have our everlasting gratitude. This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.
Think back for a moment to where you were almost 10 years ago when you first found out about the thousands of people who Osama bin Laden decided to murder. I was a senior in high school at the time and walked into my high school journalism classroom just as the second plane was hitting the tower.
Then start to walk through your mind about all the seemingly endless consequences that act has had on our nation over the last last decade.
Then start thinking about how life was in the 1990s. Remember when we had the luxury to argue about what the definition of “is” is?
It’s because of Osama bin Laden that our nation was plunged back into the war mentality of having to fight for our survival. And unlike so many wars we’ve fought in the past, the death of the one who started the conflict in no way concludes it. And that’s because we’re not at war with a man, a country, or an army. We’re actually at war with an Idea. And in the many long days since 9/11 that horrible, repulsive idea — the slavery of radical Islam — has only grown in strength.
But we won’t find leadership in that fight from President Obama. Because to stand against the Evil Idea of Radial Islam, it requires us to stand up even harder on behalf of our Good Idea of Freedom. You can only be against something as hard as you’re willing to be for its opposite.