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Old 05-03-2011, 10:47 AM   #361
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It really doesn't solve anything that they killed him. They should have brought him to trial.
Everyone who keeps saying this, what and how do you suggest this would have happened?

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The guy was probably the most paranoid man walking the planet(except maybe Glenn Beck) and probably pretty well fortified and armed. How do you take someone alive who is determined to go out fighting?
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:48 AM   #362
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The problem with conspiracy theorists, is not that they are skeptical, but that they absolutely will not believe anything that doesn't agree with their world view.
the problem with conspiracy theorists is that most of them are bat shit crazy.
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:49 AM   #363
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It really doesn't solve anything that they killed him. They should have brought him to trial.
As far as I'm concerned the NAVY seals acted as garbagemen and finally took out the trash that was stinking up the planet for 10 long years.

He died exactly how he had to die....at the end of an American muzzle with an American staring into his ugly face and with American bullets piercing his worthless carcass.

One thing I am sorry for is the burial at sea - why should the fish suffer?
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:52 AM   #364
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I would have been just as happy if they caught him alive. That being said, I am not going to judge how anyone reacts to this, whether it is by chanting USA or quoting MLK. Firefighters raising their arms in celebration, bring it on! They have the right to some closure. I am relieved.
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He died exactly how he had to die....at the end of an American muzzle with an American staring into his ugly face and with American bullets piercing his worthless carcass.
No, I agree that it would have been much more sufferable for him to have rotted away in an "infidel's" prison and paraded guilty before the whole world, but there was just no way this was going to happen.
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"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."
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yeah... perfect quote Diemen... the whole thing has left me feeling quite strange... i'm glad they finally found Bin Laden, and he did say he would die fighting... but i don't take pleasure in death, and i feel uneasy hearing it described as "justice"... what kind of "justice" is that? "justice" by the bullet? if we claim to find justice in death/assassination however it's described, i think we're sending out quite a dangerous message there...



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I love this, "Spoken Like a True U2 fan", what a joke. And let me guess you'll start whining because people hate U2 and there over righteous fans.
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It really doesn't solve anything that they killed him. They should have brought him to trial.
then he'd have started talking about his prior dealings with the CIA and the saudis. can't have that.
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Old 05-03-2011, 11:36 AM   #368
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It's ugly, but I think the decision is understandable.

Try and think through what immediate risks might have been involved in capturing him, and then how difficult bringing him to trial would have been, and how long it would have taken (years), and how messy/political/ugly it almost certainly would have gotten, all the while with this huge symbol still existing - which could mean all sorts of different things.

Again, the story is over. That is probably, simply, what the winning argument is/was. Just end the story.

Also, sort of along those lines, it seems the news of the moment is that something else will be released by the White House - a photo, or video, or something - maybe even today. I don't think they should do that so fast. That will get ugly, fast. They should just get a range of people, journalists from around the world representing all sorts of views/positions, various representatives from other nations, pile them into a room, show them what they've got (video of the raid, photo of bin Laden, video of the sea-burial) and have, say, a hundred people representing a very broad and trustworthy cross section, saying we've seen it, it's legit, let it go. Start there at least. As yolland said a couple of pages ago, release a photo or video, and within 15 minutes... He shouldn't continue to be a symbol of anything, almost especially including mocking and taunting.
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i think one night of U-S-A chants, in the context of the intense psychological trauma of the past 10 years -- from 9/11 to Iraq and Afghanistan to the horrors of the Bush administration -- is entirely understandable. it's difficult to explain just how dramatically this one act changed so much of American life, and many of these kids have grown up understanding OBL as akin to Emperor Palpatine or some kind of super villian. many, many people joined the armed forces after 9/11 precisely to join in the hunt to bring a mass murderer to justice.

for me, i had no interest in going to the White House, even though it's less than 2 miles from where i live. nor will i ever chant U-S-A at anything other than the Olympics where i become a rabid, irrational nationalist for 2 weeks every 4 years.

but using the past 36 hours to lapse into reflexive, nose-crinkling, hackneyed anti-Americanism -- how uncouth! what cowboys! -- comes off just as offensive. as someone who has lived between DC and Boston his entire life, spends plenty of time on public transportation in DC and NYC, and flies frequently, and was also against so much that was done politically and militarily under the shadow of OBL, there does feel like an enormous weight has been lifted. that's likely transitory, and likely not much will actually change. but, for now, it feels very good, in a grim, sober way, that justice was served, and served by a team of incredibly skilled Navy SEALS who carried out a flawless mission ordered by an informed, cool-as-ice president that has since been recognized as one of the gutsiest military decisions ever made. what happened will be studied in history books and military manuals forever. Obama fucking got him. i'm not going to apologize for the small shot of adrenalized Id that makes me feel right now.

the past 10 years have been horrible. let's at least allow ourselves to feel good about something -- not the death, but about the country actually getting something right for once.
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I can understand what the American people are feeling now, I can because 18 months after the 9/11 there was a 3/11 in my city when 200 people died because of the bombings of Al Quaeda under Bin Laden's orders, I could hear some of the explotions from my home and I lost some friends. However, I think a trial would have been the best solution, I don't know if that was even possible, but I know a trial is undeniably an act of justice, what has in fact happened can be subjected to interpretation.

All of his victims all over the world deserved justice, I can't be sad for his death, but I'm not at all satisfied.
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Everyone who keeps saying this, what and how do you suggest this would have happened?

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First off, I agree with Obama when he said that the US did not ask for this circumstance.
But detaining him and putting him for a trial would have given the US the moral upper hand. Even if they all kinda agreed that he was gonna die.

Does the US justice system not assume innocence before guilt?
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I love this, "Spoken Like a True U2 fan", what a joke. And let me guess you'll start whining because people hate U2 and there over righteous fans.

If U2 is about one thing its about non-violence.
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It's ugly, but I think the decision is understandable.

Try and think through what immediate risks might have been involved in capturing him, and then how difficult bringing him to trial would have been, and how long it would have taken (years),


I agree with this but it gets messy when the US keeps assasinating foreign leaders.
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He originally figured that would happen in a month or two, but as the months and years passed by, Weddle started looking more like a member of ZZ Top or one of the guys on the Smith Brothers Cough Drops box. Some of the mangy strands measured 14 inches.

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Ironically he kind of looked more like bin Laden than Dusty Hill or Billy Gibbons.
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Everyone who keeps saying this, what and how do you suggest this would have happened?

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First off, I agree with Obama when he said that the US did not ask for this circumstance.
But detaining him and putting him for a trial would have given the US the moral upper hand. Even if they all kinda agreed that he was gonna die.

Does the US justice system not assume innocence before guilt?
You really missed my point. How do you suggest they would have brought him in alive?
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I agree with this but it gets messy when the US keeps assasinating foreign leaders.


like whom? does OBL qualify as a "foreign leader"?
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maybe it will bring some sort of closure for people who lost loved ones in the bombings since 9/11

i just worry there might be a backlash, and things might get worse, much worse... al Qaida is fully functional without Bin Laden, he was just a figurehead in the end, but now he is a martyr and there will be revenge surely??

also, it bothers me that the story keeps changing - the first official reports claimed he went down fighting didn't they? so was he armed or wasn't he?


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According to the Pentagon he was identified by name by one of his own wives. As the raiding party closed in on the last unsecured room in the compound, Bin Laden, who according to the White House had no weapon, was shot dead.

40 minutes of fighting, and then two fatal shots | World news | The Guardian
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A building in Osama bin Laden's last refuge, the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where he was killed by US troops. Photograph: KeystoneUSA-ZUMA / Rex Features
The US has backed away from its initial account of the killing of Osama bin Laden, which claimed that the al-Qaida leader was carrying a weapon and fired at US troops before he was shot dead.

On Monday, John Brennan, a counterterrorism adviser to Barack Obama, said Bin Laden was "engaged in a firefight" with his assailants and he did not know if he "got off any rounds". Other US officials briefed that he was firing at members of the US navy's elite Seal Team Six.

However, subsequent briefings by US officials suggest that, when confronted at the high-security complex in Abbottabad, Bin Laden did not have a weapon and did not fire at his assailants. With some questions being raised as to why Bin Laden was shot dead, and whether he was executed, rather than taken into custody, Brennan said: "If we had the opportunity to take Bin Laden alive, if he didn't present any threat, the individuals involved were able and prepared to do that."

Officials have continued to imply he offered resistance before he was shot but have not clarified the extent of that resistance, given that he apparently did not have a weapon. Bin Laden was shot once above the left eye and once in the chest. The Obama administration is considering whether to release photographs of his burial at sea.

There were additional changes to the original narrative offered by US officials. Reporters were initially told that one of Bin Laden's wives was killed while he was using her as a human shield, prompting headlines such as "Osama bin Laden killed cowering behind his 'human shield' wife". But it has since been clarified that Bin Laden's wife was shot in the calf and did not die in the assault, although another woman was killed. This change of account has also raised questions over whether Bin Laden's wife - or anyone else - was being used as a human shield.

One US official told Politico: "Two women were shot here. It sounds like their fates were mixed up. This is hours old and the full facts are still being ascertained as those involved are debriefed."

As well as amending the condition of Bin Laden's wife, US officials have also changed the name of which of his sons was killed during the raid. The dead son was initially named in press reports as Hamza, described in one article as Bin Laden's "presumed heir" to the leadership of al-Qaida, apparently based on the official White House transcript of a Brennan briefing. However, Brennan said during the briefing that it was another son, Khalid, who was killed.

Qualifying the narrative of the assault that he offered to reporters, Brennan explained that some of the information came from live video feeds of the raid. "I wasn't there," he said.

Osama bin Laden: US changes account of al-Qaida leader's death | World news | guardian.co.uk
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Everyone who keeps saying this, what and how do you suggest this would have happened?

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The guy was probably the most paranoid man walking the planet(except maybe Glenn Beck) and probably pretty well fortified and armed. How do you take someone alive who is determined to go out fighting?
i dunno BVS, reports are now saying he was actually unarmed...
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I love this, "Spoken Like a True U2 fan", what a joke. And let me guess you'll start whining because people hate U2 and there over righteous fans.

If U2 is about one thing its about non-violence.
Unfortunately U2 in it's present form is becoming more and more irrelevent, in the grand scheme of things Bono and us fans think we are still the smartest people in the room when in reality we prolly aren't.

Get off the self righteous soap box and think about the "non-violent" way 3,000 INNOCENT Americans were slaughtered on that day (I knew 3 of them, 2 of them made it out of the twin towers and the one that did not had his family disintergrate in front of my eyes). And you equate this to the killing of the man who not only took responsibility for these actions but revelled in it's horrific reprecussions.
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