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Wed Jun 30 17:38:44 MDT 2010

Dalai Lama suggests Osama bin Laden's death was justified

Speaking at USC, the Buddhist spiritual leader says of the Al Qaeda chief's 
assassination: 'Forgiveness doesn't mean forget what happened.'

As the leader of Tibetan Buddhism, the 14th Dalai Lama says he practices 
compassion to such an extent that he tries to avoid swatting mosquitoes 
"when my mood is good and there is no danger of malaria," sometimes watching 
with interest as they swell with his blood.

Yet, in an appearance Tuesday at USC, he appeared to suggest that the United 
States was justified in killing Osama bin Laden.

As a human being, Bin Laden may have deserved compassion and even 
forgiveness, the Dalai Lama said in answer to a question about the 
assassination of the Al Qaeda leader. But, he said, "Forgiveness doesn't 
mean forget what happened. . If something is serious and it is necessary to 
take counter-measures, you have to take counter-measures."

It was, perhaps, an example of the Dalai Lama confounding expectations, 
something he appears to relish doing....

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