Originally Posted by journeymom
Here's my understanding of what murder is: The unlawful killing of another human being without valid justification or excuse.
So I think that's what Pres. Obama was addressing when he specifically said Bin Laden was killed under his direction. He was telling the world that this was a lawful, justified killing.
I guess that all comes down to how one defines "valid justification or excuse". Most people who kill someone have what they think is a valid justification. We usually let our courts determine whether or not their reason really is valid.
And he wasn't killed by his society's elected officials. The Pakistani leaders had nothing to do with it. He was killed by the administration of a country where he had most likely masterminded horrible crimes (although our laws do say innocent until proven guilty, and he had no trial), but not by his own society. Imagine how we'd feel if military members of other countries helicoptered in to the USA and killed one of our leaders because he had orchestrated the killing of thousands of civilians. Which one could argue that some of our leaders have done...
And it's never as simple as "We made him do it" vs "Our actions had nothing to do with what he did". The truth is in between, but to ignore the things that our country has done that have lead to the rise of figures like Osama bin Laden is not right. We - the USA, as a nation - are not innocent either.
Like I said, I'm not saying this was a morally wrong thing to do. I don't know what the options were, and I'm willing to accept that sometimes morality and laws must be flexible. I just don't think a knee-jerk "hip-hip-hooray!" response is especially appropriate or wise.Edited by Dar - 5/2/11 at 3:47pm