Sunday, May 1, 2011

“Justice has been done”

“On nights like this one, we can say that justice has been done”: President Barack Obama, just a few minutes ago, announcing the death of Osama bin Laden.

comments: 6

Mel said...

Michael - Do you agree that assassination is justice? That sentencing without trial is justice? I love your blog but this post puzzles me.
Best regards,
Melanie

Michael Leddy said...

I feel no impulse to whoop and cheer and holler over bin Laden’s death, or anyone’s death, but I think it’s reasonable to say that bin Laden was never going to allow himself to be taken alive.

Elaine said...

This has been troubling me: all of the cheering and celebrating; the reporters licking their lips over the 'double tap;' the glee.

A human life was necessarily taken (actually--more than one, but no details as yet) and it was a significant killing, but I would rather not see this level of in-your-face reaction. I hope not to see the tragedy extended.

Gunther said...

Winner of peace nobel prize sends hit squad. Welcome to barbarism.

Even our chancellor (Merkel of Germany) has expressed her joy at Osama Bin Laden's death.

No, that's just not what I expect in the 21st century, at least not in the so-called civilized countries.

juliabavle said...

I agree that he was not going to allow himself to be taken alive. It was evident, by using his wife as a human shield, that he was not going to allow her to be taken alive either.

Assassination!? Not in my way of thinking, no more than the 3000+ men, women and children he was responsible for killing in New York on 9/11. Was that assassination or was it his way of thanking us for helping when they were in war with Russia?

Stop and think of the other deaths he was responsible for, all over the world. Were those assassinations or just a friendly reminder that evil still existed in this world.

Gunther said...

Osama bin Laden and his henchmen have brought untold suffering to the American people, and without doubt, the culprits deserve the most severe punishment. However, I would have preferred an approach which is more appropriate to a civilized world but maybe a looming danger or the need for self-defense have made that strike necessary.