Monday, May 2, 2011

UPDATE: Thoughts on the Bin Laden Kill

It has been a good 18 hours since the story first broke that Osama has died, and the reaction that I’ve been seeing is disturbing. One particular newspaper has a rather inflammatory headline that exemplifies how f_cked up all of this is. Hit the jump to learn my thoughts on all this.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. Please note: a classified document seen in this photograph has been obscured. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  •  I commend the U.S. military’s decision to give Osama a respectful burial at sea. The corpse, as per Islamic tradition, was washed three times and wrapped in a white cloth before being buried.
  •  During Obama’s speech, Twitter saw its greatest ever traffic at 5000 tweets per second
  •  This will only complicate things further as Al-Qaeda and other extremist organizations seek retaliation. I come to question whether or not the world is better off with bin Laden dead.
  •  Again, the reaction of celebratory revenge enrages me. Despite Osama’s evil and detestable actions, that does not qualify that we deny him basic human dignity and respect.
  •  The saying that anyone “deserves to die” is just plain disgusting.

And that’s my two cents. How about yours?

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