LOS ANGELES — The Dalai Lama seems to suggest the United States was justified in killing Osama bin Laden.
Speaking Tuesday to about 3,000 students at the University of Southern California, the 75-year-old Tibetan leader says bin Laden, as a human being, may have deserved compassion and even forgiveness.
But the Los Angeles Times says the Dalai Lama added: "Forgiveness doesn't mean forget what happened."
He says it is sometimes necessary to take counter-measures.
It's the Dalai Lama's first U.S. visit since stepping down recently as the day-to-day political leader of Tibet's government in exile.
He skipped earlier Southern California appearances this week because he fell ill with a sore throat. He has stops scheduled Wednesday in Long Beach and Irvine.