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Dalai Lama Implies That Bin Laden Killing Is Justified At USC

Dalai Lama

05/ 4/11 09:06 AM ET   AP

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.

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