Posts tagged: al Qaeda
The killing of two Americans by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen has reignited a debate about whether targeting U.S. citizens — even terrorists — is legal under the rules of war or constitutes an extrajudicial execution that ignores their rights. The Obama administration contends that U.S.-born radical cleric Anwar Awlaki was a legitimate target because he played an “operational” role in Al Qaeda, alleging that, among other plots, he directed a 2009 Christmas Day plan to blow up a Detroit-bound jetliner. “Awlaki was the leader of external operations for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,” President Obama said Friday. “In that role, he took the lead in planning and directing efforts to murder innocent Americans.” But some human rights advocates and legal scholars said the administration had never produced evidence to back up that claim/Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times. More here. (AP file photo, of al-Awlaki)
Question: Anyone have problems with the way the U.S. took out al-Awlaki?
“Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body. For over two decades, bin Laden has been al-Qaida's leader and symbol, and has continued to plot attacks against our country and our friends and allies. The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation's effort to defeat al-Qaeda.” — President Barack Obama. Full statement here. (AP photo/LM Otero: A rain soaked sign sits on the ground in front of the gated Dallas neighborhood of former U.S. President George W. Bush in Dallas, Texas, this morning.)
Question: Some are arguing that President Barack Obama finished what President George Bush couldn't. Should we be political at a time like this? Are applaud both administrations for the work they did in bringing Osama bin Laden to justice?
The hijacked jet planes that roared out of a clear blue sky one sunny September morning 10 years ago killed nearly 3,000 people, but the hurt they did spread far beyond the immediate death and destruction at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The damage was mental, psychological, even spiritual. And the death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of U.S. special operations forces may help to start some healing, said Christian and Muslim religious leaders, relatives of victims, and a generation who grew in the shadow of 9/11. “There is a sense that justice has been done,” said Joel Hunter, senior pastor of the 12,000-member Northland Church in Orlando, Florida, and a spiritual adviser to President Barack Obama/CNN. More here.
Question: What does the death of Osama bin Laden mean to you?