Monday, May 2, 2011

Cockroft Column: The Death of Osama bin Laden

I know that my business is the operation of our state government and not the War on Terror, but I can’t help but comment on the historic success Americans learned about this weekend.
After so many years of living with the unsettling fact that the orchestrator of the September 11 attacks remained alive, Americans finally got the news that the U.S. military have killed him. Although it does not mean the end of the struggle against global terrorism, it does represent a major blow to the Al-Quaeda network and a victory for all of us who have prayed  for justice.
Several lawmakers were close to the tragedy on September 11, 2001. One senator lost a brother in the World Trade Center attack. A state representative I serve alongside was working as the Director of Interns at the White House at the time. And those of us who were not so close to the tragedy felt the impact of it, nonetheless.
I would like to praise our troops who are bravely fighting global terrorism and especially commend those who took part in the operation to end the life of Osama bin Laden. Our military is one of the most highly-trained and professional in the world, and the success of this operation is a reminder of their ability to get the job done.
Next week, I will tell you more about what is going on up here at the Legislature. For now, let us celebrate the end of a terrible man.
If you have questions or need information, please contact my office at or (405) 557-7349.

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