Enough time has passed since Osama bin Laden's May 1 assassination for us to now be able to reflect, more fully and deeply, on our reactions to his death. The celebratory scenes that took place Sunday night outside the White House and at ground zero have given way to more contemplative, measured musings. Across the Internet, a quote (purportedly by Martin Luther King, later partially debunked) questioning the celebration of even an enemy's death has gone viral. On The Huffington Post, bloggers like Pamela Gerloff have asked what the nakedly jingoistic jubilation says about our nation -- and society -- as a whole. For others, though, bin Laden's death has signified closure, a full stop in the long process of coming to terms with 9/11. So we're asking you what you think. How have you processed bin Laden's death? Can the celebration of anyone's death be justified? How do you grapple with this ethical conundrum? Let us know.
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Bin Laden Is Dead: What's The Right Response?
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What does that say about America?
I agree that Osama Bin Laden was a wicked evil man, and what he did on 9/11/01 was one of the most horrific things done in the world, the day he was killed was in my opinion wrong,not that he was killed, but how he was killed. Had he been armed and shooting then I would understand the justification in his killing, but to kill an unarmed person, and the people with him just because you can makes it murder. The people in the Navy seal could've just as easily taken him and the people with him captive, and placed him in prison, I am sure that there were people here in The United States and in Bin Laden country that would have loved to have gotten their hands on him and tortured him in prison while he awaited the death penalty, and the fact that the American people were rejoicing and praising Obama as well as stating GOD bless America well first off Obama didn't do this for the American people he did this for himself, with his election coming up what better way to gain votes then to kill the man that has inflicted so much hurt on people, and second where is the blessing in this from GOD, all it is now is more blood on the land we call America,if people found it insulting that there were some people of that country and here that were rejoicing in the vicious killing of 9/11 and said they had no heart, whats makes it any different now, murder is murder, no matter who it is, whether its 01,05,1,000, or 3,000 the ends doesn't justify the means, and the Americans that are rejoicing in his death how does that make you any better.