MAN is shot in the head, and
joyous celebrations break
out 7,000 miles A away.
Although Americans are in
full agreement that the
demise of Osama bin Laden is a good
thing, many are disturbed by the revelry.
We should seek justice, not
vengeance, they urge. Doesn´t this lower
us to "their" level? Didn´t the Rev Dr
Martin Luther King Jr say, "I will
mourn the loss of thousands of precious
lives, but I will not rejoice in the death
of one, not even an enemy"? (No, he did
not, but the Twitter users who popularised
that misattributed quotation last
week found it inspiring nonetheless.)
Why are so many Americans...
WATCHING the talk
shows, thinking about
the tumultuous last
reflecting on the death
of Osama bin Laden, I feel grateful
for many things but not least this:
the invisibility of the heroes.
For once it is the deed itself that
speaks. The deed, so often lost in
this age of celebrities and reality
shows and Donald Trump´s monumental
ego, stands unadorned. In
its daring, its professionalism and
its effectiveness, the deed is there,
making words look cheap.
The deed was that of the 79 US
commandos, who have met with
President Obama, and who are
known to one another, but are
unknown to us. For secrecy is their
Dispatched from Jalalabad,
QATAR hosted a conference
of the Libyan National
Transitional Council at the
Ritz Carlton on Wednesday.
Welcoming the representatives
of the 23 councils from
east, west and south of Libya,
Minister of State for Foreign
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has hit its highest
point in two
years — 60 percent
more than half of Americans now
say he deserves to be re-elected,
according to an Associated Press-
GfK poll taken after U.S. forces
killed Osama bin Laden.
in an intensified
push to crush the uprising against
authoritarian President Bashar
Assad, killing an 8-year-old boy
and at least 17 others, a human
rights group said.