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