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Lawrence reacts to bin Laden's death May 2, 2011

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James Sneegas 6 years, 4 months ago

Kiled in Afghanistan?? How about Killed in Pakistan...Come on Journal World!! You know the old saying......." He who lives by the sword shall die by the sword ". I hope his burial at sea was a long and well earned fall into oblivion.

Gary Anderson 6 years, 4 months ago

Where did everybody get flags in the middle of a Sunday night? The pics seem strange to me...kind of staged.

trinity 6 years, 4 months ago

ummm, i and many other people happen to have flags at home...i've got at least two or three different sizes....and aren't there 24 hr stores in lawrence?? i would venture a guess that flags are sold at wallyworld, etc...

6 years, 4 months ago

Definitely not staged. My friends and I were walking to Harbour Lights when we saw the flag wavers at about 11pm.

LoveThsLife 6 years, 4 months ago

Celebrating the death of someone is pretty weird...even if they are a mass murderer. I'm not sure how I feel about those images.

I am grateful he was found and brought to justice. Thanks to all of our military and their families who make sacrifices on a daily basis for our country!

Stuart Evans 6 years, 4 months ago

reminds me a lot of when the people in the middle east were dancing in the streets over 9/11. not to mention the blind nationalism..

Haiku_Cuckoo 6 years, 4 months ago

The people who danced after 9/11 were cheering for the murder of innocent men, women and children.

nepenthe 6 years, 4 months ago

Osama has been a figurative and literal boogieman in the closet of America for some time. I think people are more celebrating that he's no longer able to be that frightening shadow lurking on the next bus ride, airplane, train station or embassy. Yes, he's dead, but the celebration is more 'We're free from his hatred'.

LoveThsLife 6 years, 4 months ago

That may be..but posting pictures for everyone to see of Americans celebrating is potentially inflammatory to those who may be Al-Qaeda sympathizers...and yes, to those people they may have the same reaction that American's did when watching parts of the Arab world dancing and celebrating after 9/11.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 years, 4 months ago

Very few would have any regrets at this event, Bin Laden was a criminal who rivals Hitler for the distillation of evil. I do have some reservations about the claims that he was brought to "justice". He was tracked down and killed, which in the minds of most rational people is fine and dandy, but there was no judicial proceedure. Had he been captured and hauled to Guantanamo with his other cohorts, there would have been a many years long debate on what to do with him with millions of dollars spent on his detention and security and just who could try him in a court of law and where this would happen. We have watched this confounding debate rage with the current inmates at the Cuban prison. But this event should not be confused with the workings of a judicial system, no "rights" to a fair trial were given (nor shold have been) and the end rusult saved the U.S. taxpayers a lot of money. Now, of course, there is all this crap about Quadaffi and whether he should be targeted. Of course his is killing his own countrymen and not Americans except a few journalists who happen to get in the way, which does not seem to place him on the most wanted list. But he and his government were behind the bombing of the airliner above Lockerbee, Scotland and the British returned that criminal to his country to be hailed as a hero by his leader. It is time to go get this Libyan murderer.

Sharon Aikins 6 years, 4 months ago

I read that as beerguy referring to bin Laden's larger system, Al Queda. Off to find the glasses so this makes sense.

Stuart Evans 6 years, 4 months ago

I did too, and I made a statement that I believe Bin Laden was working for the CIA

Neomarxist123 6 years, 4 months ago

Ironic the original intelligence came from Guantanamo.

devobrun 6 years, 4 months ago

So which is it, beerguy: Isn't going to make a difference, or help advance agendas.

Perhaps you mean that his death won't stop the deaths that Islam visits upon itself and others around them. Quite right. However, Bin Laden wasn't just one man. He was at least a symbol and therefore he is a martyr for those who believe his message.

He also served as a stable director of a group of wild and violent people. His loss of leadership will result in more violence in a less directed way. Even if his followers become more adamant about resisting the west, they might not be as organized and start fighting amongst themselves.

We'll see.

Abdu Omar 6 years, 4 months ago

"Perhaps you mean that his death won't stop the deaths that Islam visits upon itself and others around them."

Sorry to rain on your parade, but Islam has nothing to do with Bin Lauden. He was certainly not a Muslim in any sense of the word. Muslims do not kill innocents and non-combatants. They kill the enemy only when they are attacked. OBL didn't follow that rule. He killed who ever he wanted and didn't care about collateral damage. If he were Muslim, he wouldn't have done that. OBL did many things that were against Islam. He cannot be called a Martyr.

devobrun 6 years, 4 months ago

Yet he will be called a martyr. Therefore those who call him that are not Muslim. And he did not invoke the name of Allah and send people out to commit acts in His name because OBL couldn't....because he wasn't a Muslim.. And those who cheer him and cry for death to America, because America killed him, are not Muslim because if they did, they would not be obeying the law.

You know that I could go on and on and on siting references to radical people who call for death to innocents and non-combatants in the holy name of God.

So, those who profess their anger toward all non-believers....those who cry for death to infidels....are not of Islam. Right? So who and what are they?

And how is it that good Muslims let those people do the things they do in the name of Islam without trying to stop them? Why isn't there a great movement in Islam today that tries to stop the Taliban and Al-Qaeda from invading Sudan, Somalia, Chad, and spreading violence?

Death follows the people who profess Islam. Yet you tell me that they are not Muslim. If you are Muslim, you have a really big problem, don't you.

Oh, don't turn it back on me, I'm not a Christian. Yea I know, they kill people too.

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