Marg, are your Arab friends supportive of Bin Laden? Or are they just afraid that he is being unfairly targeted? My feelings on the matter is that he has admitted to planning and financially backing other terrorist attacks on US citizens and that he encourages such acts against us now. In my book that makes him an evil person worthy of some recompense here on earth. Funny, I was watching Gandhi with ds yesterday for our homeschooling. I was struck with what a waste Bin Laden is to his people. With his money and influence and power, he has had such an opportunity to do something really positive like Gandhi. Instead he encourages violence and evil.
I also understand that if we have a video of Bin Laden talking we should have concerns about revealing how we got it and secret intelligence missions and possibly endangering the lives of those working to find the truth. I don't necessarily think that the general public (which since Bin Laden himself watches American news) necessarily has an ultimate right-to-know at all times. Not if lives are at stake.
One last thought. I agreed with the decision of our government to withhold proof from the Taliban. I think it was a game the Taliban was playing where we would show them proof and they would say it was wrong. They had to be aware of his activities yet they claimed he had no access to phones, faxes, computers etc. They continued to protect him when he orchestrated the bombings on the American embassies (sp?) and when he trained people to commit heinous acts of violence against others. At first I thought, why aren't we showing them the proof and then they'll turn him over, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized it was a stall tactic.
And thanks Dierdre, I wasn't motivated enough to do a web search but I am an avid reader and knew I had read that we gave the Taliban a bunch of money awhile back. Funny how we didn't give a @#$% about how they treated their women back then. I just find it laughable how Republicans are saying how much the President cares about women's rights. No one in our whole government gave a rat's behind until it coincided with our own goals.
Now I am pretty liberal and think our government is a huge liar but sorry I cannot think of a single reason why Osama Bin Laden should have the priviledge of life that he has admitted to denying countless others regardless of the WTC attacks.