Reactions to death of Osama bin Laden Fiction, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on May 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm
"That he's dead is part of the healing process," said Harold Schapelhouman, chief at the Menlo Park Fire Protection District upon hearing the news that Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a U.S. military-led firefight in Pakistan Sunday.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, May 2, 2011, 7:30 AM
Posted by Bob, a resident of the Menlo Park: Downtown neighborhood, on May 2, 2011 at 3:39 pm
While credit is often given to the one at the top, the one who may have to make the decision, the mark of a good and humble leader will redirect back the praise to the ones who are doing the field, office, surveillance, recon, and similar type of work. It's a team effort.
I'll bet if you ask one of the Navy SEALS, he would say that he was doing his job and that the mission was successfully completed.
Funny coincidence - at Saturday night's dinner, besides both the President and Meyers trashing The Donald, Meyers cracks a bin Laden joke at CSPAN's expense. A quick cut shows the President grinning broadly.
Paint the thought bubble above his head: (""go ahead, laugh, I ordered the hit last week and we got him last night...")
Posted by shocked, a resident of the Menlo Park: Downtown neighborhood, on May 3, 2011 at 8:33 am
To Sadfsf- You are beyond ignorant and naive. This worthless, coward who hides in caves and behind women is/was a terrorist. Killing him was a must. This is not Fairy Tale land. This coward murdered thousands of innocent men, women and children all over the world. He was directly responsible for the hijacking of commerical airlines used to murder thousands of Americans on American soil not to mention attacks on our military and various other terrorist attacks throughout the world. This is not about hatred as you think. It is about bringing a war criminal to justice and sending a powerful message for those gutless followers to heed. [Portion deleted. Attack ideas, not posters.]
Posted by sadfsf, a resident of the Menlo Park: Belle Haven neighborhood, on May 3, 2011 at 10:00 am
shocked: from his perspective, and from whatever belief system he had and grew up with, he was at war, and whatever he did felt right to him. Perhaps some times Americans feel the same way: Recall that we killed 200,000 innocent Japanese civilians in a pair of attacks back in 1945. I don't see any of these acts being more heinous than the other, and they are both deplorable. But that is not the point. Regardless of what kind of person Osama was, he is no longer a threat, and we should be ashamed that we have the blood-thirsty urge to end his life and destroy his close family's life just for symbolic purposes. The message we send here is "bring it on", not "let's make peace." Do you really think this will make America safer from terrorists? I think it is much more likely that they would want to avenge Osama's death, just like we have been wanting to avenge 9/11 for so many years.
Posted by Joe, a resident of the Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park neighborhood, on May 3, 2011 at 11:39 am
Author, journalist and bin Laden scholar Lawrence Wright, asked by the CIA what should be doe with bin Laden if he were captured alive ...
He should not be killed, Wright said in a September 2006 op-ed in the New York Times:
"We should, instead, offer him to the authorities in Kenya, where, on Aug. 7, 1998, a Qaeda suicide bomber murdered 213 people in the attack on the American Embassy. More than 150 people were blinded by flying glass in the attack — most of them Africans who were in or near the embassy or the secretarial school across the street, which was flattened by the blast. Let Mr. bin Laden sit in a courtroom in Nairobi and explain to those blind Africans that he was aiming only at an icon of American power."
It goes on by taking to other points on his path of destruction until arriving in his native Saudi Arabia, where he would be punished in public in the traditional way.
Posted by Homeopathy, a resident of another community, on May 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm
I really feel for anybody who has suffered loss with this tragedy. I've lost both of my parents, though not through this attack, it still hurt for quite a while afterwards. Healing does take time, but it can happen, and it did for me. A great way through it is to heal on an emotional level, where it causes you to feel hurt, sadness or anger. Dr. Bradley Nelson came up with a great tool called the healing code: Web Link which can help anyone who is suffering from emotional traumas and nightmare like emotions. My prayers are with you all.