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Obama: Bin Laden's death makes world safer

2011-05-02 19:44

Washington – US President Barack Obama says the world is better and safer because of the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Speaking at the White House, Obama said bin Laden's death shows that the United States has kept its commitment to seeing that justice is done.

Obama also praised the people gathered spontaneously at the White House and in New York to celebrate bin Laden's death, saying that embodied the true spirit and patriotism of America.

A team of elite American forces killed bin Laden during a raid at the compound in Pakistan where the elusive terror mastermind had been hiding.

Obama spoke during a White House ceremony to award the Medal of Honour posthumously to two veterans of the Korean War.

Comments
  • WATCHMAN - 2011-05-02 19:51

    Oh really does it make it safer? I think not, there's still a lot of mad men out there.

      GT - 2011-05-02 20:16

      well there is one less tonight

  • Boitshepo - 2011-05-02 19:54

    yes perhaps the world is one step to being completely safe so how about a INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC HOLIDAY

  • marco - 2011-05-02 19:54

    Message is clear to any and all of you out there don't f**k with the USA.America's pride was hurt in that for nearly 10years since 9/11 the world's biggest and best army couldn't find Bin Laden.So yesterday's killing of him vindicated America to the rest the world who I might say were laughing at America at times.Bin Laden was told by one of the 25 Seal Team members that recognized him,to surrender himself up and he refused and so was shot twice in the head for being a stupid c**t.You never argue with anyone that holds a gun to your face didn't he know that the stupid fool.

      Judgmental - 2011-05-02 21:02

      Marco - I Could not of said better myself. It took the USA nearly 10 years to take him out and in the interim they tested and developed their new weapons on his cronies, used the most advanced surveillance equipment to monitor his clan, and without the knowledge of the Pakistanis took him out. So any Islamic or terrorist organization wishing to screw with the USA, go for it, you know what will happen to you. Even Elton John has a new record out similar to his famous "candle in the wind" except this time it is called "Sandals in the Bin"

      The Wasp - 2011-05-02 22:23

      marco and judgmental you are so naive

  • Banned - 2011-05-02 20:09

    So mission accomplished, now please get out of the middle east so we don't have to pay R10.25 a litre petrol.

      Disebo - 2011-05-02 21:21

      I wish we could help push them out asap.Shuuu!petrol price is killing us and Libya war seems far from over as well.

  • Fredster69 - 2011-05-02 20:11

    HE WAS NEVER GOING TO BE FOUND ALIVE...AND BURIED AT SEA? BOLLOX...ANOTHER COVER UP BY AMERICA.

      onetickie - 2011-05-02 20:25

      Do you know this for sure? Frankly, the most effective way of ridding the world of this terrorist where he could not have been held captive or buried anywhere other than a place like the Ocean so that those who believe in his manic terrorist ideals will have no place to go and pay homage to him.

      slg - 2011-05-02 20:38

      Your brain is covered with dung

      Matt - 2011-05-02 20:48

      @slg - you a nutter.

  • Stoutgat - 2011-05-02 20:15

    Funny how so many South Africans are rejoicing at the terrorist Bin Laden's death, when our country is contaminated and blighted by the infestation of ANC terrorists, including the odious false anti-hero Nelson Mandela, the cowardly terrorist who ordered the death of innocent blacks from his jail cell in the Church Street bombing. Good riddance to Bin Laden. No to free ourselves from the criminal, corrupt Azanian Native terrorist Cancer.

      Judgmental - 2011-05-02 21:05

      I think malema and his cronies are kaking themselves. May the force of the pissed off people of the North be blown southwards

      Irené - 2011-05-02 21:16

      why do you make EVERYTHING about the ANC? And please keep the comments relevant and leave you Mandela comments for your biweekly boeremag meetings

      fishcalled - 2011-05-02 22:31

      so true, we have lots of Bin ladens here in SA

  • Matt - 2011-05-02 20:21

    American cover up. Only the sheeple will believe he was buried at sea story. What a joke. I had to check if it wasn't the 1st of April today after hearing the USA version of events. The only thing is - looks like he was killed many years ago - see clip and manke up your own mind - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnychOXj9Tg&feature=player_embedded#at=30

      slg - 2011-05-02 20:39

      Your brain too, Matt.

      Matt - 2011-05-02 20:47

      @slg - you not making any sense

      trunkbutt - 2011-05-02 21:39

      Some kind of coincidence killing bin Laden, right after murdering Gaddafis innocent grandchildren and taking that story out of the headlines

  • onetickie - 2011-05-02 20:21

    At last there is retribution for a cold blooded murderer. But many others, sadly, will probably follow in his footsteps hoping their violence/terrorism will be rewarded with many virgins - lets hope they are sent a message from Bin Laden to let them know that (the latter) is not the truth ;)

  • thekid8 - 2011-05-02 20:22

    Surely bin Laden was not the mastermind behind al-Qaeda? I'm sure he shared his ideology with other al-Qaeda members who will now seek revenge. The world doesn't seem safer to me.

  • william.botha - 2011-05-02 20:46

    Well he's not in my basement.

  • wandile.nkala - 2011-05-02 20:48

    Ohh!But the president, in his statement to the nation, said that as far back as August of 2010, he had been briefed on "a possible lead" about bin Laden's whereabouts. It wasn't until last week, Obama said, that "we had enough intelligence to take action. i'm wondering if this is gonna be the end of the story

      So-Feddup - 2011-05-02 22:14

      Sounds like a scene from 24...

  • Homo Sapien - 2011-05-02 20:49

    The Super Powers of the world (including the USA) need people like Bin Laden to instill fear in the voting public. Scared people will gladly hand over 50% of their earnings to ensure their safety. At the other end of this "fear factor" are weapons manufacturers who make BILLIONS of Dollars every year from this "war against terror". It is just organised Mafia...nothing else. The LOVE of money is the root of all evil. As long as money is around, the world will NEVER be a safe place. If Bin Laden is not the enemy, then Bin Dalen will be. If he is killed, Bin Nadel will be, and so on. PS. With Obama's popularity waning, isn't it ironic that under his leadership Osama got killed? He was executed and "buried" according to Islamic law (as if they care) without a shred of proof that it really WAS Osama! I smell a rat...

      Judgmental - 2011-05-02 21:10

      For the LOVE of money at the exclusion of everything else is the root of all evil. A prick like Bin Ladin doesn't deserve a funeral, for all I care they could of given him to the vultures

  • Nicholas Erasmus - 2011-05-02 20:50

    Its all a hollywood production. Obama doing what he can to distract the public from his farce as a leader. And really, is it something to celebrate?? death and war...yeeehaaa, kill em all for oil

  • Benzo - 2011-05-02 21:00

    ..a safer place....and then he sends out a message to all Americans to be "vigilant"???? What for?

  • Slikka Intertainment Intertainment - 2011-05-02 21:12

    I don’t believe bin laden is now “dead”, either he was killed a long time ago...There is no real pictures, and now he was just dumped in the ocean? Something fishy?

  • Johan Kruger - 2011-05-02 21:35

    Bin Laden's death is good news, but please increase the security checks for a possible revenge attacks. BE ALERT!!

  • trunkbutt - 2011-05-02 21:37

    3 wars, killing bin laden, killing Gaddafis innocent grandchildren I think Obama is a lock for another Nobel Peace Prize

  • Jack - 2011-05-02 22:10

    to Mr Obama . Dear President I think that arab had a friend in a renowned youth league. this person gives us almost as much trouble as did that Bin Laden to you. I know you are also tired of threats and living in fear. Kindly spare a thought when you want to deploy your troops. thank you

  • USAMAH - 2011-05-02 22:16

    Now we peace loving civilians only still need to wipe out Bush(the elder and the younger), Blair, Petreus, Rumsfeld, Condie, Hillary, the CIA who run US torture facilities and Obama and, Hey presto! we'll all live in a peace and safe world.Did I mention the also catholic priests who believe that raping little, innocent boys does not break their celibicy vows? And the US - backed Afghan drug lords(Karzai's relatives and officials) and security forces who also rape little boys like how the catholic priests do? Shucks, I forgot to mention the US army personnel who also rape (what is it with these guys- they rape women kids and their fellow female soldiers as well wherever they go and form coalitians with fellow rapists?) and kill Afghan citizens as well as Iraqi citizens for sport. That's right! Take'm all out !

  • dimpho.xaba - 2011-05-02 22:31

    I cnt wait 2c another sept 11 happening against de America, Americans thnk thy r abv evrything.

      subjective-denotation - 2011-05-02 23:14

      according to you, if you have a gripe with someone, its ok to kill them! what is wrong with you.

      slg - 2011-05-03 05:37

      You're certainly not above anyone

      Dean - 2011-05-03 06:56

      Sounds to me like you need your face smacked in with a crowbar dimpho

  • Sue - 2011-05-02 23:06

    No it does not. It has only stirred up more hatred for the Americans and the rest of the Western World. There are plenty more men and women who will fill Bin Ladens shoes.

  • Alex Millne - 2011-05-03 13:40

    Oh my gosh!!!!! Thats awful news! :( My heart goes out to the bin Laden Family! May he rest in peace! I feel for Osama bin Laden. He was just a confused man and he is also just human. I think that's terrible how he died :*( I pray that he'll find some peace. He had a hard life and at least now he can rest in the Lords arms.....God bless, R.I.P OSAMA BIN LADEN. :*( :*( xxxx xxx xxx kiss

  • Alex Millne - 2011-05-03 19:11

    Just because I'm a Christian doesn't mean that I hate Muslims. In a way I can understand OSAMA BIN LADIN,.. I can understand the passion he had for his religion, he loved his religion so much that he even shed blood for his religion. That is a LOVE THAT NO ONE HERE CAN EVER IMAGINE to get close to. Although I differ, because I am a Christian, I do wish I had the courage to LIVE my faith out as STRONGLY AS HE LIVED HIS!!! A true Role-Model, that would do anything for his beliefs. He inspired so many, but at the same time he has caused so much suffering :*( But I forgive him because I know he is a beautiful loving soul. May jesus wash him in the name of god. You will always be in my thoughts, R.I.P OSAMA BIN LADIN !!!!!!

      Homo Sapien - 2011-05-04 09:02

      Seriously Alex, you're one very confused puppy. You call yourself a Christian, but you say "May jesus wash him in the name of god". That is totally wrong according to the Bible, and IF you are a Christian (which I SERIOUSLY doubt), you need to join a very good Christian fellowship to teach you the basic principles of Christianity. Personally, I think you're just a complete idiot who wants to stir up controversy by blowing kisses for a ruthless killer, and claiming to "understand" him and his actions. As Christians we CAN NOT judge, but also we CAN NOT condone! Yes, forgiveness is part of the Christian walk, but there is no forgiveness for a unrelenting, remorseless sinner.

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