This is a time of trial for the American people. Are we going to succumb to our base human instincts which characterize earlier civilizations, or are we a nation who holds ourselves to a set of higher principles? Killing OBL was an act of revenge killing pure and simple. As good as it makes us feel inside to finally get the bastard, the whole operation flies in the face of both US and international law.
In war you can't shoot an unarmed, defenseless enemy. By extending your idea that we are at war against all fundamentalists Muslims then we can shoot anyone who arbitrarily fits into that category. Where does that leave our fundamental belief in a rule of law? What separates our highly civilized nation from Iran, or al Qaeda, that murders with impunity?
Assuming bin Laden did not resist arrest, the proper action for a civilized nation would have been to capture him and given him his rights as a prisoner of war under the Geneva Convention. By simply executing him the way we did makes the United States no better than the the terrorists that we abhor.
Ditto that...well said.
When are the American media and people going to realize what BO did was wrong and completely at odds with his and our nation's stated policy? BO has really messed this up.
As you stated earlier, this incompetent administration could easily have claimed OBL was armed and firing on the SEALS. A lie such as this would have been believed. And, killing him in that case would have been justified. But due to their arrogance or ignorance or both, they claim he was unarmed. Hence, this was a cold blooded execution which Americans should condemn.
It goes against our values...funny how BO talks of shared values when speaking of ending torture, Gitmo, interrogations, black sites, etc...but then executes OBL. The hypocrisy of this killing is over the top...and yet very little mention of it in the media...its CRAZY!!!