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Osama Bin Laden is dead, which means...

...what, exactly?

I guess I fall in the "he deserved to die" camp but he was still a human being and as such we should not rejoice over his death.  Of interesting note to me:  When other cheered the WTC falling, I saw nothing on the news about Muslims saying it was wrong to cheer.  We have our internal protesters here who are very vocal.

The news chooses what it wants to cover.  My friends who are Muslim were disgusted by the terrorist act and in turn were also terrified for their families because locals (presumably people in the Christian realm) were violently targeting other community members who looked Middle Eastern... or Persian... or Latinos that looked Middle Eastern from a certain angle...

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I guess I fall in the "he deserved to die" camp but he was still a human being and as such we should not rejoice over his death.  Of interesting note to me:  When other cheered the WTC falling, I saw nothing on the news about Muslims saying it was wrong to cheer.  We have our internal protesters here who are very vocal.

The news chooses what it wants to cover.  My friends who are Muslim were disgusted by the terrorist act and in turn were also terrified for their families because locals (presumably people in the Christian realm) were violently targeting other community members who looked Middle Eastern... or Persian... or Latinos that looked Middle Eastern from a certain angle...

Definitely this.

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I guess I fall in the "he deserved to die" camp but he was still a human being and as such we should not rejoice over his death.  Of interesting note to me:  When other cheered the WTC falling, I saw nothing on the news about Muslims saying it was wrong to cheer.  We have our internal protesters here who are very vocal.

The news chooses what it wants to cover. My friends who are Muslim were disgusted by the terrorist act and in turn were also terrified for their families because locals (presumably people in the Christian realm) were violently targeting other community members who looked Middle Eastern... or Persian... or Latinos that looked Middle Eastern from a certain angle...

This reminds me of a documentary I watched called "South of the Border" by Oliver Stone. Great documentary. It talked about the manipulation of news by the Bush Administration and their want of control over countries in South America.

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I guess I fall in the "he deserved to die" camp but he was still a human being and as such we should not rejoice over his death.  Of interesting note to me:  When other cheered the WTC falling, I saw nothing on the news about Muslims saying it was wrong to cheer.  We have our internal protesters here who are very vocal.

The news chooses what it wants to cover.  My friends who are Muslim were disgusted by the terrorist act and in turn were also terrified for their families because locals (presumably people in the Christian realm) were violently targeting other community members who looked Middle Eastern... or Persian... or Latinos that looked Middle Eastern from a certain angle...

I admit I only know a few Muslims.  They are good people.  However, none were willing to say the images of people celebrating 9/11 were wrong for doing it and made excuses for it. I can totally understand a statement of "I understand where they are coming from but do not agree with them" but did not even get that.

On the other hand, before 9/11, two of my oldest son's friends families were involved with an Arabic language Christian radio station.  Both families were very cautious of who had their addresses, phone numbers and other identifying info.  Both houses had better than average security systems because both had received death threats because of their radio work.  Through one of the families, I met am member of the Saudi Royal family.  By US standards, extended family , but still raised in the household .  He told a group I was with that he could not go home because he is under a death sentence for converting to another religion.

Simple truth, no one is telling the whole story anywhere. 

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I guess I fall in the "he deserved to die" camp but he was still a human being and as such we should not rejoice over his death.  Of interesting note to me:  When other cheered the WTC falling, I saw nothing on the news about Muslims saying it was wrong to cheer.  We have our internal protesters here who are very vocal.

The news chooses what it wants to cover.  My friends who are Muslim were disgusted by the terrorist act and in turn were also terrified for their families because locals (presumably people in the Christian realm) were violently targeting other community members who looked Middle Eastern... or Persian... or Latinos that looked Middle Eastern from a certain angle...

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I find it absolutely repulsive that so many people are celebrating the death of another. I don't care what he did or influenced in his lifetime- cheering about the death of another human doesn't make you any better.

This. I keep coming back to this. I know he was a terrible person, but so are most of the people on death row (if they're not innocent...), but that doesn't mean I support the death penalty. I just don't understand how one human being can ever feel it is correct or allowed to take the life of another human being, no matter how "justified" it is. If someone smashes my mail box am I allowed to kill them? If someone kills my sister am I allowed to kill them? If someone is a terrorist can I kill them? Where do you draw the line, and who gets to draw it? We're all just humans, one in the same, and none of us have the divine enlightenment to decipher who lives or dies.

All this celebrating has made my stomach hurt. I can't even read the news or talk to people about it, because it makes me sick to hear people gloating about the death of another human.

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The same thing happened in WWII.  Japan bombs Pearl Harbor, the next day the US declares war on Japan, and four years later we drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

If you organize an attack on a country, you can expect they'll come after you.  bin Laden knew what he was doing and knew the risks.

Throughout worldwide history that won't change.

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Knowing the risks doesn't really make the action ethical, though. A kid can misbehave in a way that he knows will probably lead to his father beating him, but it doesn't mean that it's ethical for the father to beat the child (though some would disagree!).

It's a good point, though. One might say it's ethical to kill people on death row, because they knew that by committing those offenses that death was a potential outcome. (I don't agree with that, however).

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"Hey guys, watcha' watchin'?"
http://i.imgur.com/L3zhj.jpg

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Oh, that's really...um...yeah.

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At least they're not "mom pants"?

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lol! Yes, I guess that's true.

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