The Dalai Lama: Bin Laden’s Death Justified

The Dalai Lama: Bin Laden’s Death Justified
May 5, 2011 Leslie Juvin-Acker

The fourteenth leader of Tibetan Buddhism said that the death of Osama Bin Laden was justified during a talk at the University of Southern California on Tuesday, the L.A. Times reports.

While at a talk at USC on Tuesday, His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, was asked by a student if the United States was justified in the assassination of Osama Bin Laden, leader and major financier of Al-Qaeda. The 75 year old spiritual leader and arguably one of the most compassionate human beings alive said that while Osama Bin Laden deserved compassion and forgiveness, but counter-measures must be taken into account.

“Forgiveness doesn’t mean forget what happened. … If something is serious and it is necessary to take counter-measures, you have to take counter-measures.”

The Vatican church took a more neutral stance by releasing this statement regarding Bin Laden’s assassination on Monday:

Osama Bin Laden – as everyone knows – has had the gravest responsibility for spreading hatred and division among people, causing the deaths of countless people, and exploiting religion for this purpose.

Faced with the death of a man, a Christian never rejoices, but reflects on the serious responsibility of everyone before God and man, and hopes and pledges that every event is not an opportunity for a further growth of hatred, but of peace.

Do you agree with His Holiness?

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Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, 2 May 2011

Mitchell Landsberg, LA Times, 4 May 2011

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