Radical_Initiator wrote:Red Hal wrote:I am attacking the assertions that:
a) bin Laden "got what he deserved" because of his prior actions,
b) the inference (as yet unvalidated) that there was no other course of action open except armed assault, and
c) the implication that bin Laden was ever going to get out of that compound alive, regardless of his actions.
The first point is probably quite debatable. On the second point, this is the compound of the leader of an organization whose aim is to kill your people. What outcome other than armed operatives would you assume feasible? The third point also seems to assume bin Laden would have surrendered if given the chance, but that the Americans clearly came to kill him regardless of his actions. Why is it less feasible to assume that he was prepared to die rather than be captured and to fight to the death rather than commit suicide?
Remember also, that unlike Saddam, bin Laden was a religious zealot: Odds are good that he didn't fear death, in and of itself, one bit. Even if they yelled "SURRENDER!" loudly and gave him lots of chances to do so, the possibility of actually DOING so probably never crossed his mind. In a twisted way, I admire this.