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Killing bin Laden was a duty properly executed.

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Posted: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 5:00 pm | Updated: 5:11 pm, Wed May 4, 2011.

I can't bring myself to dance on Osama bin Laden's grave but his assassination was a moral act of war.

He killed our citizens and citizens of many nations and would continue to do so until he was stopped. Our military and political leaders did their job.

On Monday, we published some very thoughtful reflections on the morality of killing Obama from some of Lodi's Christian pastors.

I have been reflecting on the duty and risks taken by those who carried this out. A report from McClatchy Tribune New Service said when bin Laden's location was reported to the White House, the military told Pres. Obama the easiest thing to do would be drop a bomb on the compound where he was hiding.

But that would destroy the evidence of his death. One point in killing him is to discourage our enemy. So Obama asked for "a bolder plan."

Military planners came up with the idea of flying SEALs in on helicopters — under the Pakistani radar. The plan was good enough but not flawless.

One chopper crashed. A backup helicopter flew in. The firefight lasted 20 minutes. The Pakistanis scrambled jets when they heard shooting. It took another 20 minutes to load up and lift off. The SEALs and helicopters got out with a load of computer equipment and bin Laden's body. Not one American was hurt.

Amazing!

You probably heard all that. But I'm sobered by the risks everyone took.

The SEALs and pilots risked everything.

Our leaders ran political risks. I know, it's not the same. But so many of our leaders refuse to take political risks. Witness the budget debates.

In this case, the leaders of the military and intelligence bureaucracies and, of course, the president would clearly have taken the blame if the operation had imploded.

They did their duty, too.

Having to take a life should be humbling. But I'm proud of America's achievement.

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5 comments:

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 5:17 pm on Mon, Jul 11, 2011.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2350

    By the way, Mr. Weybret, how do we know that bin Laden's death was actually necessary (at that time)? Frankly, I don't care - he wasn't worth the air he was breathing. But I wonder if President George W. Bush had done away with him in the same manner his successor did would the public or more importantly, would the "press" had accepted the explanation without so much as a question such as "why?" But no one from the MSM dared.

    Clearly, you found no reason to ask for more information. But this is what I've come to expect from our little folksy daily rag. In fact, I'm surprised that there wasn't a mea culpa from any one of your "editors" for running the story on the front page "above the fold" instead of perhaps a garden show at the Grape Festival Grounds.

     
  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 2:41 pm on Mon, Jul 11, 2011.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2350

    What Mr. Weybret fails to discuss is that even if he wanted to dance on bin Laden's grave, where would he find it? That's right - at the bottom of the sea (or so we’ve been told). Now how convenient is that? I would think that more than dropping a bomb on bin Laden's compound, this would have "destroy[ed] the evidence of his death" better than anything else. Yet, no mention of this fact in his blog. Why not?

    Where is the journalistic instinct; its questioning; its integrity?

     
  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 2:31 pm on Mon, Jul 11, 2011.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2350

    "Earned?" The United States deserved to be attacked on September 11, 2001? That notion is as despicable as the attacks were and those behind them.

    No other nation on Earth has done more for other countries than we have - and what have we "earned" in response? I'll let Mr. Jacobs respond to that. The list is much too long for me to even begin.

    And yes, we're in debt alright. What about the billions upon billions of our dollars "loaned" to other countries to assist them over the past fifty years? How much of that has been paid back; or better still, how much of that has been "forgiven" by the United States?

    No Mr. Jacobs - we didn't earn what was delivered to us on 9/11. After nearly ten years since that horrific day I would have hoped we had learned some lessons. But sadly the only things that too many Americans have taken to heart is that the United States is somehow an evil entity and should take whatever these rogue nations and fanatical Islamists care to dish out. My response: BULL!

     
  • Robert Jacobs posted at 10:52 am on Sat, May 7, 2011.

    Robert Jacobs Posts: 298

    You don't have a clue...

    We the United States brought this on ourselves, by involving ourselves in wars and take-overs of other sovereign nations in the past fifty years! With the exception of World War l and ll.

    These people (terrorists) didn't just one day decide to bomb the United States. No, this was earned, this hate they have for the United States has festered over a long period of time! The sooner we admit this the sooner things can change!

    We have done the very things that we opposed in other countries. We justify them by saying we are protecting ourselves and others from these terrible terrorists. No were not, we are just arrogant enough to think we are some how exempt from the rules we demand others follow.

    The United States has a 14 trillion debt. We have homelessness in the tens of thousands. We have a select group of men (Wall Street) who stole billions yet our righteous leaders did nothing! We have sent countless men and women to their deaths in the name of right. Not to mention many of the veterans of past wars are homeless and mentally damaged yet our beloved government does very little to help them! This is about the arrogance and ego's of a select few in the United States government!

    These select men at the very top who want to control other nations and to force their wills, and ideas on them. Most of the nations we invaded in the name of right were at one time funded and armed by the United States government. When they wouldn't do what the United States government wanted, the government create ways to punish them, hence war!

    We the people just stand by and swallow everything the United States government spews. This isn't a country of the few, this is supposed to be a country of the people! Why do we allow this craziness to go on?

    You have to cleanup you own backyard before you can even think to tell others how to do it!

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 11:16 am on Fri, May 6, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    his assassination was a moral act of war....
    Interesting assessment... Bin Laden was assassinated... It was a moral thing to do in a situation where it was connected to an act of war.
    Maybe... lets look at an alternative perspective. Lets say Bin Laden had been captured and transported back to Gitmo, along with any other data retrieved in the raid. What if this action resulted in gaining valuable information that only Bin Laden could give? What if this information led to the weakening of the Al-Qaeda Network more than his death? What if this resulted in saving thousands of American lives that are now in jeopardy? In addition, what if Bin Laden turned out to be a coward and turned on his people in order to save his life?... what value might that have been to us?... The problem is that we will never know... maybe... it would have been more moral to take him alive... after all... he was an unarmed old man that should have been easy for special forces to capture... morality is not clear in this situation to me concerning Bin Laden as well as the motive in stating his assassination was a moral act of war.

     

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