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Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al-Qaida terrorist network that killed 3,000 people in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, is dead.

President Obama announced to the nation late Sunday night, that bin Laden was killed in Pakistan this weekend after a firefight during an operation based on U.S. intelligence.

“Justice has been done,” the president declared as crowds formed outside the White House to celebrate, chant and sing.

No U.S. personnel were killed in the action.

(READ the story in MSNBC)


  1. Dear friends,
    I really think it is inappropriate to incude this propaganda story on this website. To say that the reported cold blooded murder of any fellow human is “good news” is to me an apalling sign of the times and indication of the degraded state of mind of our current western society.
    Just imagine for a moment that this was a story of the assassination of the US president who by way of his position is responsible for the continued ongoing slaughter of innocent citizens in Iraq and Afghanistan and now Lybia.
    Knee-jerk celebration of unproven events is also something to be reflected on with deeper awareness and detached compassion for all.
    With love and in peace,

  2. Thanks for writing, Ganga. I understand your feelings, and I would never publish a video of people celebrating the death with singing and chants.

    But, the man definitely reaped what he sowed, and the operation was a military success. And, it really is “good news” for millions of observers and surviving families of the 9/11 attacks — and dwell on that attack for a moment, and tell me he didn’t deserve to die.

    It’s also good news for hundreds of people who may avoid death rather than falling in some senseless suicide bombing in a church or cafe, which is what bin laden does. This act of reprisal may hinder future attacks by al Quida.

    I do understand and agree with the philosophy of love, compassion and oneness, even with an enemy… But when you are dealing in the REAL world, with a Hitler or a bin Laden, any day is a fine day to engage in physical restraint or reprisal. (I believe Joseph Campbell would agree.)

  3. I am by no means a Christian and have issues with ‘eye for an eye’ attitude. I guess that is actually more Old Testament and not New. WWJD? I rarely ever see xtians practicing the ethic Jesus taught. Love your enemy……don’t recall him saying kill him while your at it. ‘He deserved to die’? While I understand the sentiment, the danger is in who gets to decide who ‘deserves to die’? e.g. I have a couple co-workers whom I would rather were not there… but then that is me and I don’t get to make that decision.

  4. Vancouverguy,

    hitler, pol pot, bin laden… you know what I mean? I wouldn’t say “deserve to die” about anyone else. In fact I am a fervent opponent of the death penalty! 🙂

    In this situation I find myself calm and happy with the outcome. Most cases I side with the underdog and always believe in redemption and rehabilitation. (For instance, I was disgusted when GWBush, as Texas Gov., refused to pardon a young woman (in for murder) who had reformed in prison, becoming a devout Christian. . . I don’t any hint of Jesus’s teachings in his ardent refusal. He said it didn’t bother him a bit.)

  5. I wondered if you would feel that Bin Laden’s death counted as good news to post on the website.
    It’s a tough call whether any person’s death could ever be considered good news. But I admit I have felt cheered these past days knowing his example and encouragement of evil has been stopped. I would rather they had taken him into custody and he spent the rest of his life in prison; but I understand they were prepared to do that, while he obviously was not interested in that option, preferring to fight to the death.
    The really good news in this story is that so much of the Arab world and Muslim community find it kind of irrelevant. The real story is the people who are marginalizing the terrorists by simply standing up for democracy in their countries.

  6. Great points, Spiky.

    It was a tough call as editor. I posted the question to my Facebook fans, and it split about 50-50 or maybe more of them saying, No, it is not good news.

    But, coming on the heals of the Arab Spring, wow!

    Also, it was interesting to me that Monday morning there were LOTS of hits from my readers on this story, so I am glad I added the link on midnight Sunday, when my teen came into the living room and told me the shocking news.

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