THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release May 1, 2011

East Room

11:35 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.

It was nearly 10 years ago that a bright September day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history. The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory — hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction.

And yet we know that the worst images are those that were unseen to the world. The empty seat at the dinner table. Children who were forced to grow up without their mother or their father. Parents who would never know the feeling of their child’s embrace. Nearly 3,000 citizens taken from us, leaving a gaping hole in our hearts.

On September 11, 2001, in our time of grief, the American people came together. We offered our neighbors a hand, and we offered the wounded our blood. We reaffirmed our ties to each other, and our love of community and country. On that day, no matter where we came from, what God we prayed to, or what race or ethnicity we were, we were united as one American family.

We were also united in our resolve to protect our nation and to bring those who committed this vicious attack to justice. We quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaeda — an organization headed by Osama bin Laden, which had openly declared war on the United States and was committed to killing innocents in our country and around the globe. And so we went to war against al Qaeda to protect our citizens, our friends, and our allies.

Over the last 10 years, thanks to the tireless and heroic work of our military and our counterterrorism professionals, we’ve made great strides in that effort. We’ve disrupted terrorist attacks and strengthened our homeland defense. In Afghanistan, we removed the Taliban government, which had given bin Laden and al Qaeda safe haven and support. And around the globe, we worked with our friends and allies to capture or kill scores of al Qaeda terrorists, including several who were a part of the 9/11 plot.

Yet Osama bin Laden avoided capture and escaped across the Afghan border into Pakistan. Meanwhile, al Qaeda continued to operate from along that border and operate through its affiliates across the world.

And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network.

Then, last August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground. I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan. And finally, last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action, and authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice.

Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.

For over two decades, bin Laden has been al Qaeda’s leader and symbol, and has continued to plot attacks against our country and our friends and allies. The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda.

Yet his death does not mark the end of our effort. There’s no doubt that al Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must –- and we will — remain vigilant at home and abroad.

As we do, we must also reaffirm that the United States is not –- and never will be -– at war with Islam. I’ve made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, al Qaeda has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own. So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.

Over the years, I’ve repeatedly made clear that we would take action within Pakistan if we knew where bin Laden was. That is what we’ve done. But it’s important to note that our counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan helped lead us to bin Laden and the compound where he was hiding. Indeed, bin Laden had declared war against Pakistan as well, and ordered attacks against the Pakistani people.

Tonight, I called President Zardari, and my team has also spoken with their Pakistani counterparts. They agree that this is a good and historic day for both of our nations. And going forward, it is essential that Pakistan continue to join us in the fight against al Qaeda and its affiliates.

The American people did not choose this fight. It came to our shores, and started with the senseless slaughter of our citizens. After nearly 10 years of service, struggle, and sacrifice, we know well the costs of war. These efforts weigh on me every time I, as Commander-in-Chief, have to sign a letter to a family that has lost a loved one, or look into the eyes of a service member who’s been gravely wounded.

So Americans understand the costs of war. Yet as a country, we will never tolerate our security being threatened, nor stand idly by when our people have been killed. We will be relentless in defense of our citizens and our friends and allies. We will be true to the values that make us who we are. And on nights like this one, we can say to those families who have lost loved ones to al Qaeda’s terror: Justice has been done.

Tonight, we give thanks to the countless intelligence and counterterrorism professionals who’ve worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome. The American people do not see their work, nor know their names. But tonight, they feel the satisfaction of their work and the result of their pursuit of justice.

We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation, for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism, and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country. And they are part of a generation that has borne the heaviest share of the burden since that September day.

Finally, let me say to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11 that we have never forgotten your loss, nor wavered in our commitment to see that we do whatever it takes to prevent another attack on our shores.

And tonight, let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11. I know that it has, at times, frayed. Yet today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people.

The cause of securing our country is not complete. But tonight, we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to. That is the story of our history, whether it’s the pursuit of prosperity for our people, or the struggle for equality for all our citizens; our commitment to stand up for our values abroad, and our sacrifices to make the world a safer place.

Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Thank you. May God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America.

END 11:44 P.M. EDT

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  1. jackjia (Post author)

    美国总统奥巴马就基地组织头目本 拉丹被美军打死一事发表了电视讲话,以下是讲话全文:

    今晚,我可以向美国民众和全世界宣布,美国已经完成了消灭基地组织头目本 拉丹的行动,此人是屠杀数以千计无辜男女老少的恐怖分子。

    将近十年前,9月一个阳光明媚的早晨,美国民众遭受了历史上最严重的袭击。9 11袭击的一幕幕在我国民众记忆中挥之不去。遭劫持的飞机划破了9月云淡风轻的天空;世贸中心双子塔瞬间倒塌;黑烟从五角大楼滚滚上升;坠毁在宾夕法尼亚州尚克斯维尔的93号航班残骸,乘客们的英勇行为避免了更多惨剧和摧毁的发生。




    我们很快查明,发动9 11袭击的是基地组织,该组织以奥萨马 本 拉丹为首,他们早已公开对美国宣战,并在我们国家和全球其他地方杀害无辜人民。为了保护我们的公民、我们的朋友以及我们的盟友,我们展开了针对基地组织的战争。


    在阿富汗,我们推翻了向本 拉丹和基地组织提供庇护伞和支持的塔利班政府。在世界范围内,我们与友邦盟国共同合作逮捕或者击毙大量的基地组织恐怖分子,包括那些参与9 11袭击的。

    但是奥萨马 本 拉丹逃脱了追捕,从阿富汗边境潜逃进入巴基斯坦。与此同时,基地组织继续在阿巴边境地区以及通过其分支机构在全球地区活动。

    我就任美国总统后不久,就曾命令中央情报局局长莱昂 帕内塔把击毙或者抓捕本 拉丹作为打击基地组织战争的首要任务。我们也加强努力破坏、分解和打击拉丹的恐怖网络。

    去年八月,在我们的情报部门历经数年的艰苦工作之后,我获悉已经有了本 拉丹的线索,尽管那时还远远无法确定。我们花费了数月才得以顺藤摸瓜。

    我多次同国家安全人员会谈,也有更多信息锁定本 拉丹就藏在巴基斯坦的一座建筑内。

    终于在上周,在我们有了充分的情报之后,我下令对奥萨马 本 拉丹采取行动,将他绳之以法。

    今天,在我的指示下,美军对巴基斯坦阿巴德的一处目标实施了有针对性的行动。本次行动的执行者是一小队有着非凡勇气和能力的美国士兵,并没有造成任何美国人伤亡。双方交火后,美国士兵打死了奥萨马 本 拉丹,并且掌握了本 拉丹的尸体。

    在过去的二十年里,本 拉丹一直是基地组织的头目和象征,并且不断地策划针对我们国家、朋友和盟友的袭击。

    本 拉丹之死是我们在打击基地组织的努力中,迄今为止取得的最为重要的成就。

    本 拉丹的死并不意味着我们工作的结束。毫无疑问,基地组织将会继续对我们实施攻击。因此,我们必须并且继续对国内外的情况保持警惕。

    如我们做的那样,我们还必须重申美国没有也绝对不会对伊斯兰发动战争。正如小布什总统在9 11事件之后我曾经明确表示,我们的战争并非针对伊斯兰。本 拉丹并非一个穆斯林领袖,相反,他屠杀了大量的穆斯林人民。事实上,基地组织在包括美国在内的很多国家都屠杀了许多穆斯林。


    这里我们必须指出同巴基斯坦在反恐上的合作在这次行动中帮助我们找到并确认了本拉丹的藏身之所。事实上,本 拉丹早已对巴基斯坦宣战并且命令采取行动袭击巴基斯坦人民。




    我们要感谢那些情报和反恐界的专业人士,正是他们孜孜不倦的工作才促成了今天的胜利。美国人民看不到他们的工作,也不知道他们的名字。但是在这个晚上,这些人能够真切地感受到付出得到回报、正义得以伸张的满足。 . 我们还要感谢那些参与了这次行动的军人,他们是所有为国尽忠的士兵们的代表,展现出了专业、爱国和无可比拟的勇气。他们在9 11之后承担了最重的责任。

    最后,我还要对那些在9 11恐怖袭击中失去至亲至爱的家庭说,我们从来没有忘记过你们的损失,我们也从来没有动摇所做出的承诺,那就是竭尽全力让国家免遭新的袭击。

    这个夜晚,让我们重新回顾在9 11袭击发生后美国上下紧密团结的情景,我知道那种团结在有些时候已经淡化。但是今天的成就证明了美国的伟大和美国人的决心。





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