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One man's death is nothing to cheer about

May 10, 2011

Terrorism is unquestionably an evil. It must be eliminated. It is inhuman, and humanity must take all steps to exterminate it.

This, unfortunately, involves fighting and often killing those who persist in clinging to and perpetrating this wrong.

Our president’s somber face and manner in announcing the death of Osama bin Laden embodies, for me, my feelings about this act. It expressed well the words of “The Star-Spangled Banner”: “then conquer we must, when our cause it is just.”

I was saddened, however, at the elation and glee expressed by the crowds pictured on television. Such elation would certainly be appropriate if terrorism itself had been wiped out, but rejoicing over the killing of a man, however malicious he may have been, certainly seems like children playing video games where destruction is a mere picture unrelated to humanity.


It is ironically significant that in the same issue of the Los Angeles Times — in which the bin Laden capture and killing were reported — that a Holocaust survivor speaking at Holocaust Remembrance Day in Los Angeles was quoted as saying: “Understand that there’s only one race in this world, and that’s the human race. And we should stop killing each other.”

Humanity, caring, empathy along with resolution and self-sacrifice separate us from the mind-set that produces terrorism and constitute effective opposition to it.

Honor Haase

La Crescenta

White House can’t get its story straight

Let me start by saying that any day a terrorist is killed is a good day.

After watching President Obama smugly claiming all the credit for the assassination of Osama bin Laden, then hearing all the different versions of what took place in that room, I can only say thank god for the Navy SEALs.

Ineptitude is a compliment in describing the thought process of this administration. First, bin Laden is described as going down fighting. Then the story changes to him being unarmed. One of his wives is killed, then she is just wounded.

Leon Panetta, director of the CIA, says he will release the photos of bin Laden’s body, but then Obama tells him to put a dirty sock in his mouth. Can I get a “say what?”

I thought I was confused, but the Obama administration has no clue. This is what I believe really happened.

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