Thursday, May 5, 2011

Kill instead of capture

As details surface about the mission earlier this week to find Osama bin Laden, one thing is clear: Capturing the long-sought terrorist mastermind alive might have been an option, but it wasn't a top priority.

The Navy SEAL team that slipped into Pakistan and entered bin Laden's walled hideout put a bullet in his head and helicoptered away with his corpse. He was buried at sea.

Experts were divided on whether that was the wiser course. The risks were high either way.

Osama bin Laden, captured alive and in U.S. custody, would have unleashed a nightmare of constant litigation, world wide protests and increased security concerns.

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