Tuesday, May 03, 2011

About Bin Laden's burial...

First from the LA Times:
Bin Laden's body was taken to the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson in the northern part of the Arabian Sea and buried at sea Monday at around 1 a.m. EDT.

Pentagon officials said the decision to bury Bin Laden at sea was made because no country was willing to take the body for burial. But it also seems clear that the United States wanted to avoid him being buried on land for fear that the location could become a shrine for Bin Laden's supporters.

The funeral was conducted using what a Pentagon official said were "traditional procedures for Islamic burials."

The body was washed and placed in a white sheet on a flat board as a U.S. military chaplain read remarks that were translated into Arabic. Then the board was lifted up, the official said, and the "deceased body eased into the sea." The funeral was conducted on the ship's hangar deck, not the flight deck, which is at the waterline.
That is a long article and surely you're more than interested in reading all that is said about this daring and decisive mission. I suggest you read the whole thing.

As I've started, if something could've been gained by taking him alive then I would prefer that option. It does bother me that we can order our forces to kill a specific target such as this former infamous terrorist leader. In fact I'm watching the FOX Business program, Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano as I type this.

A former CIA operative noted that for him this would've been a kill mission. I almost wonder what could justify that although I may understand the risks in possibly keeping him alive after capturing him.

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