Rep. Kelly Statement on 13th Anniversary of 9/11

Sep 11, 2014 Issues: Foreign Affairs and Defense

“Thirteen years after America’s darkest day,
 the war on terror carries on"

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today in recognition of the 13th anniversary of the al Qaeda terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, as well as the second anniversary of the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

“Today I once again join my fellow citizens in remembering the unthinkable attacks upon our homeland that changed our world forever. My heart still aches for all the lives taken from us and the families who miss them dearly. While the pain of 9/11 will never go away, neither will the memories of the courage, the compassion, and the heroism that was showcased from the first responders on the ground in New York and Washington to the heroes in the sky above Pennsylvania. Since then, the world has witnessed our resolve and our enemies have felt our might. The phrases ‘Never Forget’ and ‘Never Again’ continue to inspire our nation as we forge ahead, year after year, with a firm commitment to lasting security for our people.

“Thirteen years after our darkest day, the war on terror carries on. Simply put, the Islamic State is a demonic force that cannot be permitted to co-habit the globe with civilized life. Like al Qaeda, IS terrorists and their ideology are waging war on America and civilization itself. Like al Qaeda, IS has already attacked our nation by executing two of our own citizens and threatening to kill more. We must fight back, and we must win. American leadership and lethal military power must be used to fully and permanently destroy IS, wherever it exists, as quickly as possible. We must responsibly pursue any strategy that will succeed at eradicating IS and take no tool or tactic off the table in order to achieve that end.”