State reaction to bin Laden death

BISMARCK–Gov. Jack Dalrymple released the following statement this morning:

“The death of terrorist Osama Bin Laden is a clear message that we will never relent in our pursuit of justice.  We are forever indebted to our military personnel who have fought the global war on terror and we will never forget the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. 

“North Dakota has lost 12 members of the National Guard and 24 military service members in all to the war on terror. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them, to all members of our military and their families.”

Retired Marine and North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk also released a statement:

“Freedom has taken a step forward with the death of Osama Bin Laden.  He was a malignant symbol of terror, hate, and tyranny.  While we can take a moment to savor the passing of this evil man, we cannot relax our vigil or our determination to stop international terrorism. 

“We must be even more vigilant during the coming weeks and months.  The terrorists will spare no effort to retaliate for the death of their leader.  Their primary targets will be American assets abroad, as well as in our country.  So, we must always stay alert.

“The military and intelligence services deserve our deepest gratitude for their perseverance, skill, and courage.  They put in years of effort and planning to set the stage for the successful operation.   The men and women in our military and intelligence services are the thin line defending our liberties and protecting our nation.  We cannot thank them enough.”