Intense political debate marks one year death anniversary of Osama bin Laden

Intense political debate marks one year death anniversary of Osama bin Laden

George : WA : USA | May 01, 2012 at 12:02 PM PDT
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On May 2, 2011, U.S. troops and CIA operatives killed world’s most dangerous terrorist Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A gun battle broke out when the troops landed upon the compound in which bin Laden lived and was shot in the head. This news brought cheers and a sense of relief in America. Newspapers all over the world, especially in the U.S., splashed huge stories on their front pages and were sold like hotcakes.

Considered the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden was the leader of the terrorist organization, Al-Qaeda or "The Base." Bin Laden was the alleged planner of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center, damaged part of the Pentagon, and resulted in a plane crash in Pennsylvania.

President Obama, in his speech on national Television, said, "For over two decades, Bin Laden has been Al Qaeda's leader and symbol. The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation's effort to defeat Al-Qaeda. But his death does not mark the end of our effort. There's no doubt that Al-Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must and we will remain vigilant at home and abroad," according to the official website of the White House.

Osama’s death anniversary has given rise to a political debate, given that it falls near a presidential election. Jonah Goldberg, Conservative columnist and author, appeared on Fox News Channel’s "America’s Newsroom" on Tuesday to talk about the current political issue regarding Osama’s death. Goldberg said in a statement that he felt the debate that has started around the death anniversary is an embarrassing thing. He also said that an ad by President Obama’s Presidential campaign that asks whether Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would have done the same “makes Obama look crass.”

Goldberg also expressed that speaking about Osama’s death and the political issue during an official press conference in the White House besides the Japanese prime minister depicts a bad picture.

He said, “It just looks like he’s lowering the presidency and being partisan and campaigning on his official duties, trying to get credit for something – trying to get more credit for something than he deserves.”

President Obama himself knows how sensitive the issue is when talking in context of the 2012 election.

According to a Washington Post report, Obama said at a press conference on Monday when asked about the importance of the killing of bin Laden in the presidential campaign, “I hardly think you’ve seen excessive celebrating taking place here.”

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Michelle Lincaster is based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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