Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The bin Laden Factor (post #28)

It seems natural to spend the second half of this week discussing the ramifications of the bin Laden killing. Does the bin Laden killing mark a significant milestone in the war of terror? What are (or should be) the goals for the US war on terror? At what point do we know we have won the war? Should President Obama get credit for this event and is it justified that his approval ratings will go up? Are the democracy movements in the Middle East a reflection of the success of our war on terror? How much money should we continue to spend on the war on terror at the expense of other priorities?

Please add any other thoughts about the bin Laden killing and the war on terror that you think might be relevant.

UPDATE: The Obama administration has decided not to release any photos of the dead bin Laden. Wise decision?

79 comments:

  1. Yes Osama's death was signifigant, but its not the glorified end of the war on terror that people are seeing it as. The goals for the war on terror should be to end all threats towards the U.S. with as few casualties as possible to BOTH sides. we win the war when we bring all troops home, and no one is attacking anyone else. Obama shouldn't get ALL the credit, he is the commander in chief, but he didnt carry out the mission, the soldiers should receive more recognition, if it doesn't expose them to the type of spot light that would put them in the cross hairs of an enemy. Obama's ratings will inevitably go up, whether the event is related to him or not, its like saying that a certain cow in Virginia gave birth to triplets, and Obama's ratings go up, whether or not its related, his ratings WILL go up, simply because something HAPPENED, and something was DONE. The democracy movements are not sign of success on our part, we're not doing anything, it was the countries people that decided that they had enough. America should spend as little as possible on the war and worry about problems at home, but with threats abound we cannot sit idle, but from previous class discussions and assignments in government, i do know of all the ridiculous spending that takes place in government, and pork barreling. those practices should stop and a unified, no nonsense America should stand and end the war on terror once and for all.


    as for my opinions on bin laden

    -i dislike that no evidence is provided right off the bat, its a major event, not even a picture?! i saw another blog post that stated that the government is planning on releasing a photo, why is it taking so long? are they Photoshopping a picture from scratch?

    -We gave Saddam Hussein a trail, why didn't we capture Osama and give him the same treatment? what about American Due Process? we buried his body according to his religious beliefs, but we cant Try him according to our own?

    -Osama Bin Laden, world wide hide and seek champion 2001-2011

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  2. I believe that by killing osama bin laden nothing is really over and the united states is not a safer place because we dont know what the iraqis still have in mind. But i think that Obama should get the credit for this because all this happened during his presidency and he did find ways to find bin laden. I think the war on terror willl still continue and lots of money will still be spend.

    Jaskiran Kaur
    Mr. Bauer
    Government
    Period 2

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  3. Bradford RellerMay 3, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    Osama was absolutely the World-Wide Hide and Seek champion from 2001 to 2011. Props Osama (and for Bryan for that joke).
    Killing Osama is a great symbolic victory in my eyes. Al Queda has leadership lined up and ready to go is my geuss, since they are such a fragmented organization. By killing Osama, we have let the Terror World know we are capable and we are serious.
    The War on Terror will never be won - there will always be some group that wants to bring down America and what She stands for.
    Obama should get partial credit, the order to attack came down from him. On his authorization the Military acted, and Obama did very well in his role as Commander in Chief.
    I dont know of Democracy movements in the Middle east. And we should spend less on this losing War on Terror. I say pull tons of troups out and send in covert and elite CIA and Special Forces Operatives.

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  4. I don't believe the death of Bin Laden signifies a major turning point on the war on terror. Yes I am glad that the man has been removed from his previous alive state. No longer can he hurt people and obviously the people of American are glad for his demise. However, there will always been an individual to take his place. There is someone out there that is outraged at Great Bin Laden's death at the hands of us filthy pig infidels. Maybe this incident will ignite an increase in violence or terrorist activity. Of course Obama will receive some increase in approval for this. Just like he would receive disapproval if anything bad happened. He deserves some, but the soldiers deserve more in my opinion.
    Marklin Nixon
    Mr. Sloan Economics Period 1

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  5. without a doubt the death of bin laden is a huge victory for the world and a greater one for the U.S. because it was under our military that he was brought down. the credit of bin laden's death should partially go to president Obama cause he was killed during his term but personally he shouldn't feel he conquered him when it was the men and woman who risked their lives that killed him. the war on terror will never end and the idea that decreasing military funding because of these events would be ignorant. we should always stay on the alert so we are prepared unlike 10 years ago on 9/11.

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  6. The way I see it , Osama bin laden's death was significant mostly to those seeking closure from his terrorist attack. Yes, america is know in relief but I don't think the death of one person is going to have a huge effect on the economy and etc. Especially if we have issuesbin other areas besides the war . Someone else could take his place too. It's going to take alot more than bin laden's death to revive our economy -gevevahna l . Sloan p2

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  7. amanda eckroth
    per.1
    sloan
    Does the bin Laden killing mark a significant milestone in the war of terror? yes becuase he might be demending his army to do stuff
    What are (or should be) the goals for the US war on terror? to defeat the iraq war.
    At what point do we know we have won the war? wen there is no more and that we are happy at where we are at in life
    Should President Obama get credit for this event and is it justified that his approval ratings will go up? yes bcuz he decleard that we kill him wht he could have done is hold him
    Are the democracy movements in the Middle East a reflection of the success of our war on terror? How much money should we continue to spend on the war on terror at the expense of other priorities?

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  8. kayla rodriguez sloan5May 3, 2011 at 11:40 PM

    the killing of osama bin laden is great, yes. but at the same time, i feel like our country is in danger. al kyda(dont know howta spell his gang!) is going to seek vengeance for their leader. i dont feel safe. we should always be prepared. people on facebook are saying bring home our troops, but i think we are in need of protection and should have our guard up.

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  9. I think that this killing is something our nation should be worried about. Bin Laden was a known terrorist and don't you think his people will be angry? The united states needs to keep their eyes open... and I think our services should be sent home temporarily as a reward. We need to get our economy up and spend less on war. Haley Collins sloan period one

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  10. Miriam Bejines Mr.Sloan P.5May 4, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    I think the fact that Osama Bin Laden is death,it is a remarkable good news for the United States especially for all the families that were effected in the attack of 9/11,but it can also be a bad thing because some people are mad that their leader got killed and might attack back.I think that Obama deserves credit because he is in charged of the army forces.This event affects the war spending by decrease it. I dont think it is necessary to have a lot of arm forces in the Middle East anymore,the US should reduce the spending.

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  11. Danielle Smith, Sloan P1May 4, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    The bin Laden killing signifies a huge milestone for this war. Now, the two main terrorists are gone. The main goal for the US should simply be to keep Americans safe. After all, it is national security we're talking about. When our country feels safe from future attacks, then I think the mission of the war will be accomplished. I guess Obama gets some credit, considering he's Commander in Chief; but he shouldn't be getting as much as he is. He wasn't the one that killed him. The brave soldiers that took on the task are the ones who deserve the glory here, without a doubt. Not Obama. He told the to do it, and they did it. I don't think that deserves a lot of credit, especially after being at this for 10 years. I, personally, don't think there's any justification in any approval of President Obama, but I'm sure he'll get his higher ratings. To me, it seemed like his speech on bin Laden's death was almost like a campaign for himself, as well. That really bothered me. He used way too many "I" statements in talking about the war and the accomplishments the US have done, something that he has not been a part of for the majority of the time it has been happening. The democracy movements in th Middle East are definitely a reflection of the success of the war. After spending this much money, time, effort, and lives on the war, we should continue to spend money on it until it is finished. It is necessary to keep armed forces in the Middle East, especially right now. Because bin Laden was recently killed, a lot of Americans are probably worried about another act based on retaliation. Don't cut spending until the job is done.

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  12. If it is true in which I think it is, the death of Bin Laden is a big milestone in the war on terror because he was a leader a major terrorist group. Although it did take ten years to get the guy, we made it clear in the beginning that he would pay for his actions. Obama should get credit as he is the chief commander of military operations and his belief that this operation would be successful is good enough for me. And for that I think yes, his approval ratings will go up. Yes, the middle east movements toward democracy are in no doubt a result of the war on terror. Balancing domestic problems with foreign is always the goal and I think the U.S. has been putting a lot of effort into the foreign things such as wars that make the balance lopsided.

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  13. karina ramos mr sloan period 1
    i think that president obama and the navy seals should definetly get credit for this.
    obama ordered the mission and the navy seals compelted it. this is definetly a big milestone for this war because now two main terrorist are gone. i think that the war will end. we should not spend more money or even risk our troops any more. i dont think that people are going to feel bad for how they killed bin laden. he was the main reason for 9/11. he definelty deserved it.

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  14. gabriela Gomez p.2May 4, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    The killing of bin laden marks a huge milestine due to the fact that our troops have been looking for him and the fact that he took lives of many of our citizens. For yeras he was a main target to the U.S. Although i believe that we shouls be more aware in case of something like this may occur again.

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  15. I believe the Bin Laden killing serves the main purpose of the war on terror. Osama was the man who planned out the 911 attacks, so I am not clear on what else the US would be fighting for over seas. This victory will definitely boost Obama approval ratings, even though he is not the only person who should get the credit. It is clear that in his reelection campaign Obama will use this victory to try and gain votes.

    Devin Smith, Mr. Bauer, P.1.

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  16. Yes, I myself was very excited to hear about the death of Osama,and it is fine to celebrate now. But in no way are we safer. Think about it. It took us THIS long to get this guy...you really think he hasnt had a plan for years to have his people continue on with ll of his attacks..and at that they are likely to be WORSE! Obama doesnt necessarily deserve all the credit for the killing but heck, it's gettin him some definite brownie points.

    Danielle Barros
    Sloan p.4

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  17. I believe the bin ladin killing was a significant defeat, it has brought peace to the american people especially 9/11 victums. but this has also created fear to all of us, becaus we dont know if another attack will happen. All we can do now is pray for our country and our troops and that this all ends soon.
    monica salazar
    mr. sloan p4

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  18. bin Laden's death is a big milestone in the war of terror. I don't know how you would know when the war has been won, but I don't think it will ever be won. Terrorism might be defeated in a certain area, but it will always come from different places. I don't think Obama deserves credit for it, because the search for him began years before his presidency.

    Melody Morphis
    Mr. Sloan
    per. 1

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  19. Osama bin ladin's death is a milstone for alot of people that had a death in their family related to the 9/11 attacks. Many felt that it was a sign a closure for them and also justice. But i dont knoe if it is a big milestone in the war because who knoes if another attack could happen in the future.

    Clarisa Carrillo
    Per.4
    Sloan

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  20. Maria Perez
    Sloan
    Per.4
    I believe that the death of Osama Bin Ladin, is a step forward in the U.S., not only because there will be no more Osama to look for or fight against, but also in economic terms and in the way that those people who lost close ones in the attack of 9/11, will know that justice has taken place. Without him, the U.S. will not use up as much money, as they used trying to look for him. They will also save money in terms of war, if it does stop. People now, may feel better, now that they do not have to worry that he will attack the U.S., although there might be other people trying to harm the U.S.

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  21. The goals for the U.S. war on terror should be to end violence against us by preventing deadly disasters. Obama should get credit for bin Laden's death because he is commander in chief, even though he was not the one to directly kill the terrorist. Those who killed bin Laden should receive more credit. The U.S. should continue to spend a sufficient amount of money to ensure that our country and others are safe from terrorist attack.

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  22. Osama cracking was a milestone, but not the end. Obama deserves credit, but he didn't do it alone. Also, Osama dead might make things even worse. Alceada (or however you spell it) is probably ticked off, so the war is going to continue. We should be on our toes.

    Daniel Ruiz
    Sloan Per 5

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  23. The only thing I can consider important about Osama's death is that now we'll finally stop worrying about him and maybe start focusing on other, far more important things. This whole "war on terror" is quite frankly a joke, since as long as there are religious differences and power differences, there will always be groups of people that will want to take the U.S. down a notch. As for the democracy movements in the middle-east, they were bound to happen at some point. Government corruption is bound to leave a foul taste in people's mouths after a while. As for spending, I'd rather see all the money that's being dumped into the army go towards something a little more useful, like education.

    Brian S.
    Per. 4 Sloan

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  24. Veronica Andrade, Bauer, Period 5May 4, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    I'm glad Osama is dead but honestly I don't think it's going to make a difference. They're probably planning something else. He had so many supporters and just because he's gone it doesn't mean they're going to quit. Obama should be considered a hero but first he should show everyone the pictures of Osama. Many people don't believe him and it's hard to since he has not done much during his presidency to help him get reelected. This could of been planned just so he can hero. Either way if he is dead then he should get credit for it.

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  25. i think that the death os osama bin laden is good but at the same time what will the people that followed him do? i think that our country should still keep our gaurd up. i dont think that its over.
    erika oropeza
    mr.sloan
    p.4

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  26. Maria Schmidt, Bauer, Per 5May 4, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    I agree that this event is a huge milestone in the war on terror. Osama's death brought closure for a lot of Americans who lost loved ones on that tragic day. His death sends a message to other terrorists that justice will be served and justice is inescapable. Obama should get credit, but not all of the credit. His approval ratings are going to go up and this event will certainly help him when re-election time comes.

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  27. and yes obama should get credit for this becuase this happened during his presidency. he was involved in this plan so he should get credit.
    erika oropeza

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  28. osamas death is significant in the war on terror but i do not believe this will trigger the end. i wish that the war would end but i do not know every aspect of the war. about the picture, i would want to see it but it is much more beneficial that it is not released.
    hayley swearingen
    sloan per 4

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  29. Killing bin Laden does mark a significant point in the war of terror, but it does not mean the war is over. I don't really know what the goals for the US war on terror should be, but if the death of bin Laden was the goal, then having a goal like that is not worth going to war for. We have not won this war except kill one person. President Obama should not get credit for this event. But I believe many people will give him credit. It isn't justified that his approval ratings will go up, but I'm predicting that it will increase due to this event. The democracy movements in the Middle East are not a reflection of the success of the US war on terror. We spend way too much money and we need to cut down military and war spendings. "10 years, 2 wars, 919,967 deaths, and $1,188,263,000,000 later, we managed to kill one person."

    Chrissy Vue
    Sloan
    Period 3

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  30. The killing of bin Laden seems merely symbolic in my opinion. It doesn't mean the end of anything because there are still bad people out there, and we don't know if he was even still calling the shots. It does send a powerful message, but it doesn't mean things will change. As for the issue of money I believe we should still focus on the war on terror, but we can't afford to spend nearly as much as we have in past years. Bauer/ Sloan

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  31. I believe that this killing of Bin Ladin is a milestone for the u.s, I also believe that the war should of stopped years ago, when we entered the middle east looking for weapons of mass distruction, and never located any. This will not be the end of this war,we did not go there soley to find and kill Bin Ladin. I believe that the war needs to end, because we are killing innocent people, and individuals need to keep in mind that not all muslims are in a terrorist group. Also, if they really felt the need to bomb us while we were there they still could have, it doesnt matter if we are here or there. I also don't believe that the u.s acted like the bigger person in the situation, what he did was wrong, but to throw his body into any ocean? really now?

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  32. Trista Dowdy
    Sloan per.5

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  33. I believe that Osama's death has marked a significant point because the United States doesn't have to worry about tracking him down any longer. I'm sure many people are relieved especially those who were affected with the 9/11 issue. But I don't think that his death will bring the war to an end because maybe his people would want to get revenge and plan something else. I also believe that Obama should take the credit because he is the commander and cheif of our troops.

    Karen Villasenor
    Mr.Bauer
    Per:2

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  34. Spencer PellandiniMay 4, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    It is very nice to hear that we finally got him but there is always someone to take his place unfortunately. It does serve us some justice though, makes the look worth it.
    Spencer Pellandini
    Sloan
    P.1

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  35. Josh Agans, Bauer P.5May 4, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    of course Osama's death is a milestone. we finally killed our main enemy. this means that the US war on terror will never stop until we get back what we lost. i know we cant get back the lives that were lost on 9/11, but we got the next best thing. i also think that alquieda will try to get revenge on us. we just killed their leader so i dont think they will just sit back and relax. we need to keep our eyes open so nothing happens to more innocent people. i dont think we'll ever be 100% safe though. we just need to be aware for revenge.

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  36. I do consider the death of Osama a milestone for the U.S. but the war is still far from over. His killing will bring forth more obstacles to endure. Releasing no photo evidence of his corpse will cause people to not believe his death actually took place and still feel unsafe, which would lead to distrust in the government.

    Guadalupe Velasquez. Sloan period 1

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  37. without a doubt the death of bin laden is a huge victory for the world and a greater one for the U.S. because it was under our military that he was brought down, after 9/11 i believe he got what was coming to him, now the people affected by his actions can rest in peace. the credit of bin laden's death better not go to obama or i will puke.
    <3 Brooke Hubert

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  38. I think that the killing of Osama is significant but I dont think its the end of terrorisim. Al Qaeda or however u spell that haha is a big group and im sure they have plans for if this were to happen and i dont think we should let our gaurd down just yet.

    Gerardo Salcido
    Bauer P.5

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  39. I believe that the death of Osama is a big step in fighting terrorism but it is by far the end of it. The al qaeda is still strong and needs to be taken care of. Someone else will most likely assume the leadership position so they are still a huge threat. I believe that the pictures or some sort of proof of death should be released. It doesn't have to be immediatly but it should be soon.

    Zach Metz

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  40. Erick Calderon P.5thMay 4, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    Just because osama is dead does not mean that all terrorism has ended.Al Queda is a big group and most likely someone else will take over and attack later again. Obama should recieve credit because he is the commander in chief but most of it should go to the troops also.

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  41. Jacqueline OlympiusMay 5, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    Yes, I do believe the bin Laden killing marks a significant milestone in the war of terror considering he was indeed a leader of a major terrorist group, it only makes sense. I don't know enough to say what our goals should be now but I do know that just because we killed bin Laden does not mean it will all be over now and there will be world peace. We may not have officially won the war with his killing but it definitely said SOMETHING to the enemy. It seems to me the war on terror will not have an official ending if it does actually ever end. I don't think President Obama should receive credit considering he's not the one out there looking for the man but I do know that this event will indeed increase his popularity nonetheless. We probably have aided in the democracy movements in the Middle East with our efforts but we cannot take entire credit. So many people are against the war and want their loved ones back home that I do not think we should spend anywhere close to what we have been in our continued efforts overseas.

    --Sloan
    AP Econ, Period 3

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  42. I'm not really convinces that osama is really dead because their aren't any pictures. And I know that they are gruesome but people don't have to look at them. All they did was throw his body straight into the ocean after they killed him which is against their belief system. They should be buried in the ground.
    Tori milligan
    Sloan per.3

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  43. First of all this whole thing is really shady. First the most powerful country in the world couldnt find one guy for ten years. then when they do get him they dont even show proof. somethings not right about it. but either way i think that the war should end now since bin laden was the reason for the war starting.

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  44. I think that they should let us see the pictures of bin laden. They showed pictures of the other people they killed so why not show us the ones of bin laden. Sloan per 1

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  45. I think that the killing of Osama is significant but I dont think its the end of terrorism. It was indeed good killing Osama but that doesn't mean that we have won this war terror. I also that that Obama should receive some credit because he was the one that order the navy seals and also the navy seals because of the is that now we dont have to worry about Osama.

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  46. I think that the death of Osama was good but really isn't one person that runs the terrorist groups and one person really did not make a change but at least we got one so far.

    richard manzo
    pr5
    sloan

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  47. The Killing of Osama is great that he died. Obama should get the credit for this but many people don't believe he's dead because he wont release any of his pictures. I think he should release some at least to show he is REaLLY Dead! Now, I think we should spend less money on the war because we got problems of our own here. Now Obama should fix the U.S ECoNOMY!

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  48. I do think this is a milestone in the middle east history. I guess president obama should get credit because he is president. It seems that whatever big thing that happens in history the president at the time takes all the credit. I don't know everything about the war but I don't think the US should just back out now because all that we know binladen could have had someone ready to take his place for when he did finally die or get killed. So the united states just better stay on high alert and completely Finnish the job they started.

    Steffanie Eisenga
    Sloan
    Per. 5

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  49. We should not have killed Osama Bin Laden. I understand that he killed a lot of people, but that does not mean that we should break international laws. We have standards that we should live up to, two wrongs do not make a right. The Geneva Convention says that we should not kill any foreign leaders, and to say that he is not a foreign leader is just stupid. We have these laws set into place for a reason, and that is not just to go breaking them because Osama hurt our feelings. Now that he's dead it's too late though. We are going to have to live with whatever repercussions may be soon to come. The last time the Al Qaeda bombed us they were ridiculously strategic in what they did. They went after our emotions, and maybe even more importantly our economy. They bombed the World Trade Center, which made the Dow Jones drop over a thousand points. They also bombed the Pentagon and allegedly were also trying to fly a plane into the White House. Based on these past actions we are left wondering what some possible repercussions for killing Osama Bin Laden would be. If they (Al Qaeda) were to bomb us again, they might go after places like the Statue Of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, and the New York Stock Exchange. The Statue Of Liberty and the Mount Rushmore bombings would just be a slap in the face, but if they bombed the New York Stock Exchange, our economy would take a devastating hit. Our economy is already our weak spot as it is, so this would send us swirling into deep depression. Another thing that they could do is to hack into the stock market and make it look like the Dow Jones figure, which is currently at about 12,750, shows up to people as 3,000. If a 1,000 point drop can cause such mass panic as we have seen in the past, what would this nearly 10,000 point drop do to us? Whatever the ramifications end up being, this is not a very significant milestone in the war of terror. When you kill a drug dealer someone else just takes their place, just like with Osama. People don't care if their dealer dies, they just want the drugs; Osamas' head meant more to us then it did to them. Someone else will just take Osamas' place. Drugs will still be sold and the war on terror will still exist, just like the war on drugs. We will never win the war on terror because it will be ever going. President Obama had to do is job. When he became the President Of The United States he also became Commander In Chief. This means that he is the boss of the military, and the military killed Osama. Democracy movements in the Middle East are not a reflection of the success of our war on terror. The democracy movements in the Middle East just show a different form of communism, one we as Americans find acceptable. We have to continue spending money on the war on terror. We don't have a choice. We are already in a recession, we can't bring the soldiers back right now. We're stuck between a rock and a hard place on this one. On one hand we want to bring the soldiers back so we can stop spending money, but on the other hand, if we do we are just going to go into a deep depression.

    Zachery Atkins
    Mr. Bauer
    Period 2

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  50. The death of Osama bin Laden is a victory for the United States. He was a deranged man who took the lives of many Christians, Muslims, and Jews. That being said, why doesn’t Obama release the photos of bin Laden? Why wasn’t the Hitler of our time taken alive? Even the lapdogs in the media are asking these questions.

    I can respect President Obama for achieving something that Bush could only have dreamed of. Despite, the Obama administration absolutely must release the images of Osama, or else he will only fuel the fire of skepticism.
    (Sloan P.3/Bauer P.4)

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  51. Well I personally think it was/is a milestone for the middle east because the person who started it all is now dead so the people are probably lost. Obama could get credit for it because he's only been president for 2-3 years and he found and got rid of Bin Laden, Bush did nothing what so ever but cut taxes. As for the war i think it will only make it worse because the people who praised Bin Laden will go after us with ten times more hatred. We shouldn't spend a lot of money on military because we're already in a big debt which will make things worse if we pitch in, then again it would be OUR war....
    Adilene Vazquez
    Sloan Period Onnee

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  52. Killing Osama Bin Laden, is really great news. But I still feel we are not safe in this country. I dont think it is the end up terrorism just yet.

    Jasmine Singh
    BAUER P.3

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  53. I don't think it's right that Obama's ratings went up, because he did not do anything. While I think bin laden's death is signifigant on our war oin terror i don't think the 'war' should take precident over other important issues, for example the economy or the growing national debt.

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  54. Cierra Gonsalves, Mr. Bauer, Period 2May 5, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    Yes, I believe the murder of Bin Laden was a significant happening because a lot of people were hostile towards him, I mean other then his followers who wouldn’t want him dead? It seems unreal that the death of one man has put many people at ease in terms of the thousands of live that were lost on 9/11. However, just because Bin Laden is dead doesn’t mean that there still aren’t other terrorists who would try to harm the United States as well as other countries, so there is no way really to tell when we’ve really won the war. Because Obama is president, its likely that his popularity rating will go up -- he too was probably glad that Bin Laden is dead and can sympathize with the millions of people who have similar views. The new democracy system in the Middle East seems likely that it would be successful because it works for us, but there will always be those who will try to overthrow the government. We shouldn’t have to spend money on things like war, but unfortunately that’s what its come down to. I don’t necessarily want to see pictures of a dead guy, but the Obama administration should release photographs of the dead Bin Laden just so people can see for themselves that it’s a factual matter.

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  55. Janeiry Balderas, Mr. Sloan, Period 4May 5, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Though osama is dead that doesn't really change anything, to some justice has been made but that is not the truth. how many people had to die so that the so called justice could be reached, yet killing osama wont do anything. the U.S. only killed one person and truly that isn't going to stop the war. this killing of osama is merely only something that the people wanted to see happen yet that's not what the U.S. should be focusing on. the war against terrorism has only started and there's another reason why the nations are really fighting but obviously that's not for the public to know.

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  56. The death of bin laden is definetly significant, but not the end of the war of terror. The US has gotten rid a piece of the problem, which means that the war will continue. So far the US has spent so much money, but have only been able to kill one terrorist. How long can this go. Unless there is no more terrorism, and peace between the middle east and US, this war will never see the end. There have been uprisings by the people in the middle east who want democracy and US so far hastaken te right side in the issue. This can benefit the US later.

    Concerning the desicion of Obama's administration to not reveal the photos, I am still between being for it or against it. I think that the photos should not be release because i think that doing so wuld make uS look bad. If they show it they might sent the wrong message, as if it is okay for them to use the body as a token of their victory. at te same time there need to be proof. Many people do not trust the government, so having to take the governments word on this may be hard for some people. Some may even believe that this is all a lie. Either way, i think that the Obama administration can be trusted, so maybe it was better not to release the pictures.

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  57. Ricardo VillalpandoMay 5, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    I think that the death of Osama does make a difference towards the war but there are more leaders out there well I think that obama should take credit because he is the one who gave the orders to move in and kill Osama but the thing is that the US is now at a bad reputation because we disobeyed the won laws we have but any way it done .

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  58. Obama needs to release photos of Bin Laden's body because if he doesn't their will be a wave of conspiracy theorists saying that Bin Laden was never dead and no one wants to deal with those people.

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  59. Steven Reichmuth, Bauer, period 2May 5, 2011 at 10:44 PM

    It sucks that the death of Bin Laden will most likely boost Obama's approval ratings. Sure I'm happy he's dead but now the gullible people of America are going to glorify the president for the death, when in reality the only thing he did was approve the operation. Watch out my fellow conservtives, once he gets reelected the gloves will come off and the EPA apporved socialism train will shift into high gear. Without the worry of approval ratings Obama's policies are going to become far more left wing than they are now.

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  60. Obama should get credit for this.Bush couldnt even find bin laden,and it took 2 yrs for Mr Obama to find and kill him. They probably will want to get back at the U.S but who knows hopefully the violence stops.Many of the family that was hurt in 9/11 were glad about bin ladens death because one of their loved ones passed oway. And i dont think pictures of bin ladens death should be published i really wouldnt want to see his dead body but others probably want proof of his death.

    tania hinojosa
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  61. richard may Mr. Sloan per. 4May 6, 2011 at 7:55 AM

    I believe that this is point that the war on terror in the middle east should end. This is what the USA has been trying to accomplish for the last ten years. The only money that should be spent on the war effort is the amount it takes to get our troops home.

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  62. While I do think Osama's capture and death is a significant milestone in the war on terror, I don't think we are at the end of this war just yet. I do think it is fair that Oama gets some credit as it was under his leadership that this event occurred. I don't think this war can officially be counted as over until alllllll US troops are home.

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  63. Ricardo VillalpandoMay 6, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    I think that the death of Osama is great because people are going to feel justice has been done the only side track is that the terrorist group he lead is still on the lose who knows what they'll do next.

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  64. I think that his death was a big deal, but it may cause the war to be a lot worse. We should be on our guard. Obama should not get credit for this victory. It wasnt him who did it. The war is over when there is peace.

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  65. Michael Freeman Per 5 SloanMay 6, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    This death was a big deal, but why it happened now, and why it happened is not so surprising. His fortress was easily spotted and the large walls, barb wire, and armed guards sorta gave it away. I think that the reason we "found" him now was because of bissnes rather then surprise we found you. As far as obama getting credit, I don't think this was used for his reelection as much as the Trump birth certificate was. Finally I think that putting his head shot on the news would be contradicting to what you can show on TV, so no I don't think they should give it out. If one wanted it all they would have to do is google it.

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  66. Sergio Maldonado, Sloan p.3/ Bauer p.4May 6, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    Osama's death was more of a attempt to show that the U.S. keeps its word. This event might instill the fear to not attack America, or it might cause an attack in revenge for the death. Obama's decision to not show the picture might anger some people, but the number of people that would get angry over the actual picture might be greater, so Obama's decision is wise.

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  67. this killing was very significant. bin laden has been on our hit list for awhile. this has two factors for me. either this can stop terrorism, or it can worsen it. we dont know what the al quada people are doing and we dont know if they will strike us at any time that we are unprepared. bin laden was a smart guy and we dont know if he set up some kind of plan for everyone else to do if he was shot and killed. i think we should leave our terrorism protection te same for right now to see what happens in the near future.
    Blake Harrison
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  68. Chelsea Ray, Sloan p1May 8, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    Osamas death is a big milestone for the war on terror. Even though i think this will cause more problems later on but for the moment we can soak up the glory of killing someone that we've been looking for, for so long. I think that Obama should release pictures so that any possible arguments of this being untrue can be squashed.

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  69. i think we're still in the fog of war. we still have things, unknown to fear. The death of osama will inevitably make someone mad, and that person will form some other terrorist group, etc. I also think this will boost obama's chance of being re-elected. even though he shouldnt get the credit for it.
    Samantha White
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  70. Hannah Engebretsen /Bauer P2May 9, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Bin Laden's death was significant turn because it gave the US a little peace, and put at ease. There is still going to be terrorism in this world, but Bin Laden was one of the biggest so with him dead, it is probably going to make things a lot easier. Obama should not get credit for this. The troops should!

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  71. In my opinion the war on terror is never over, the war in the middle east is a religious war, when Bush went in it was for oil, there is no reason to celebrate they might just come after us and call it justice. If this nation was built off murder and greed then we will go down with it.

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  72. I'm glad that Osama Bin Ladin is dead it was about time we got him, even thou we got him dead. We got to give thumbs up to our military for this. And give props to Obama for sending them in. However now that Bin Laden is dead, chances are a new leader may rise in the al- quida group and just because hes dead doest mean everything is going to be good, we still need to have excellent security in the air ports for safety.
    Santiago Naranjo Diaz
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  73. Sarah Richter, Bauer, Period 5May 15, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    i don't think that Osamas death was a turning point for our country. It may bring us peace for the time being but how do we know what they have in mind. The may have this plan that none of us will expect till it actually happens. It will lead us to a bigger fight. I do agree for killing him was needed because it shows respect for all the friends and family members of those who died.

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  74. I was glad that bin laden was killed im sorry but he deserved what was coming to him and on top of that I hope the war comes to an end because its pathetic how we still have soldiers fighting in other countries which I don’t think should be needed. And im glad that bin laden picture was not shown because there is no need for things like that they already had said that he had been killed so there is no need for anymore proof.

    Aniscia Silva
    Sloan
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  75. The killing of bin laden is great accomplishment, however with this may come even more drastic measures. Just because one of our threats is gone doesn't mean that we won't have a new one sometime soon. Us as a country, must still be prepared for the "what if's".

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  76. I believe the death of Bin Laden is a huge weighted lifted off the shoulders of Americans the tyrant who was the cause of 9/11 is now dead it is comfort to some but it also just brings back the memories of that tragic day. I believe that is a huge step in fighting terrorism. Although it took almost 10 years to find Bin Laden if the U.S. becomes more developed in fighting terrorism we will be able to feel safe again in our home country.

    EJ Keller
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  77. People peace in the middle east please. Let me just ask you a question if i killed your family member and my whole country celebrated it. What would you do? People plese start investing in bomb shelters.
    Jordan Elzie
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  78. I think that by killing Osama Bin Laden nothing is over because we don't know what the Iraqis still have in mind. But i think that Obama should get the credit for this because all this happened during his presidency and he did find ways to find bin laden. I think the war on terror will still continue and lots of money will still be spend.But now the Bin Laden is dead, it is probably going to make things a lot easier for the US.
    Stephanie A
    Mr.Sloan Per.4

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  79. Finding Bin Laden was just the beginning of our soon to be problems. We got him and like so many who have predicted it they retaliated. They got back at us and now all we believe we can do is again retaliate to them. Its a never ending war because both sides are stubborn and would do anything to win.
    Joeliane Muegge, Mr. Sloan P.5

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