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News-Sentinel readers react to news of Osama bin Laden’s death

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Jeff Sylvia
Stockton

“The U.S. should focus on the U.S. first before we go into other countries. We’ve got to take care of our own.”

John Baker
Morada

“It’s a great thing. I think we need to keep the pressure on. We cut the head off the principle but we have a long way to go, unfortunately.”

Dennis Kelley
Lodi
Former Marine

“It’s great. They need to go in there and clean house. They need to not be so political and stop monkeying around. There’s too much money over there floating around, and everyone is worried about their interests.”

Jurisah Sylvia
Stockton
“We have been dumping a lot of money over there. I think we should pull out of Afghanistan. Afghanistan is primitive and hasn’t evolved. We don’t need to interfere with that. We need to stay over here and focus on our own borders.”

Maria Rios
Galt
“He deserved it. They should kill (Libyan leader Moammar) Gadhafi and the rest of them. That will make the war stop if they kill them. I’m glad they got him after hunting for 10 or 11 years.”

Posted: Monday, May 2, 2011 1:56 pm | Updated: 12:13 pm, Tue May 3, 2011.

The News-Sentinel pulled comments from selected readers’ Facebook pages, with their permission, and from our own website on Osama bin Laden’s death. Check back on www.lodinews.com today and Tuesday for more local reaction.

Highly suspect

“Buried at Sea”... just hours after the “killing.” Highly suspect.

Think about it — this elusive, mercurial man is finally killed ... and the only physical proof is eliminated just hours later. No forensics, no study. Why? I, for one, find this VERY weird.

— John Randall

How bodies are treated

The last thing the U.S. wants to do is raise the ire of Muslims by mistreating the body or not treating it in accordance with Islamic belief, which says that a body must be buried within 24 hours.

We all know what happened when the minister in Florida burned the Koran; how would the extremist Muslim community react if bin Laden’s body was defiled?

Put aside the doubts and believe that proper identification was done and recorded.

And yes, I see the disparity in the way we treat this body as compared to how the bodies of our servicemen are treated, dragged through the streets in Mogadishu.

— Bob Smith

Remaining vigilant

I am glad we finally got him. We must remain vigilant, though. Undoubtedly there are terror cells here in America loyal to Al Qaeda. This is not the time to be lowering our guard.

— Brian Dockter

Why so fast?

If in fact Osama bin Laden died, then good riddance. I’m just wondering why we dumped the body so fast, why wasn’t it verified by other sources? You would think the (United Nations) or another country that’s involved would have wanted to do their own autopsy. I just hope this isn’t another Watergate or Gulf of Tonkin incident; our government does have a long proven history of lying to its people. Why did it take us 10 years to find a geriatric cave man with kidney problems anyways? Does this mean Obama will pull our troops? I doubt it, our politicians will continue to feed American soldiers to its war machine as long as Halliburton is filling their pockets. FIGHT THE POISON.

— Josh Hughes

Obama taking credit

You have to love how Obama takes credit for this. Unbelievable. I watched last night as he held his ego conference and used the word “I” over and over again. To listen to him tell it, he single-handedly was responsible for this event. Gee, NOBODY was looking for OBL BEFORE he became the WHO (White House Occupant)? If my memory serves me, Bush liked the word “WE” a lot more than BHO.

— Joe Baxter

A steep price paid

I, too, am thankful that our military succeeded in ending the pursuit, successfully, of bin Laden ... but it does come at a price ... a steep price ...

According to Jason Ditz, at www.antiwar.com, The U.S. launched 44 distinct drone strikes (with Obama’s approval) in Pakistan in 2009, far more than in previous years. He also stated that the vast majority of the deaths, around 700 according to one estimate, have been innocent civilians. With such a massive civilian toll and so little to show for it ...

On June 22 (according to Dias), the U.S. struck at a house officials called a “suspected militant hideout,” burying a few locals inside. When others rushed to the scene to rescue them, they launched another missile, killing 13 apparently innocent Pakistanis. When they held a funeral procession on June 23, the U.S. hit that too, ostensibly on the belief that Baitullah Mehsud might be among the mourners. He wasn’t, but the attack killed at least 80 more people ...

— Darrell Baumbach

Fortitude to cross a border

(Those) on the extreme right would prefer that our hunt for terrorists like bin Laden stopped at the Pakistani border. Thank goodness our president has more testicular fortitude.

God Bless America!

— Steve Schmidt

God’s idea of justice

I understand the significance of bin Laden’s death and the extent America has gone to capture him, but, I find myself being disgusted with the rejoicing in it. Does this end the pain that he caused us? Does it raise all the dead? I’m not saying what he did was right. But no matter what, the pain and hurt is still inside of us. We are the ones that filled our hearts up with bitterness and hate towards a man who already took enough. We need to see that we are destroying ourselves more then he ever did. I know that God calls us to love. It’s finding redemption instead of revenge and it’s being freed instead of carrying this chain around for 10 years. We are all humans. We have just the same amount of power as bin Laden and yet the world is still hungry, cold and lonely. Where is our anger in that? Where is the true injustice taking place? To me, I think our definition of justice is different then God’s idea of justice.

— Alyie Penn

Proud right now

Goodbye, bin Laden, you evil devil. May you ROT in HELL!!!! Proud to be an American. Justice has been served! I am reading everyone’s post and watching the news. I haven’t been able to stop crying. I am really proud right now.

— Melanie Stein-Quinones

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