The world's reaction to the death of Osama Bin Laden
News of the death of terrorist mastermind Osama Bin Laden has captured the attention of the world – as US citizens take to the streets to celebrate the death of the man responsible for the World Trade Center attacks in September 2001 that left over 3000 dead.
The Internet went into meltdown following the news of the death, with word Bin Laden had been killed spreading like wildfire. At one stage, nearly 20 percent of all messages posted on microblogging service Twitter contained the word “Osama”, and online news services world-wide were stretched to accommodate the heavy increase internet traffic due to the event.
Those brave enough to face the chill of an early May Monday morning fronted up to the White House in Washington D.C, and the site of Ground Zero in New York to show their jubilation that the world’s most wanted man was now dead.
Now, security has been pumped up in airports across the globe after worldwide travel alerts were announced, amid fear reprisal attacks from al-Qaeda and other terror groups could occur.
Elsewhere, leaders from around the world have come forward to comment on the death of Bin Laden.
Former US President George W Bush
“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.”
Former US President Bill Clinton
“This is a profoundly important moment not just for the families of those who lost their lives on 9/11 and in al-Qaeda's other attacks but for people all over the world who want to build a common future of peace, freedom, and co-operation for our children."
UK Prime Minister David Cameron
“The news that Osama Bin Laden is dead will bring great relief to people across the world. Osama Bin Laden was responsible for the worst terrorist atrocities the world has seen - for 9/11 and for so many attacks, which have cost thousands of lives, many of them British.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
“This is a resounding triumph for justice, freedom and the values shared by all democratic nations fighting shoulder to shoulder in determination against terrorism.”
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg
“After September 11, 2001, we gave our word as Americans that we would stop at nothing to capture or kill Osama bin Laden. After the contribution of millions, including so many who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation, we have kept that word."
“The killing of Osama Bin Laden does not lessen the suffering that New Yorkers and Americans experienced at his hands, but it is a critically important victory for our nation - and a tribute to the millions of men and women in our armed forces and elsewhere who have fought so hard for our nation.”
“New Yorkers have waited nearly 10 years for this news. It is my hope that it will bring some closure and comfort to all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001.”
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key
“Osama bin Laden was responsible for the deaths of thousands of people, including New Zealanders, in several different parts of the world.”
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard
"Whilst al-Qaeda has been hurt today, al-Qaeda is not finished. Our war against terrorism continues," she said. "We will continue the mission."
Author: Phil Sylvester
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