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On bin Laden death, Archbishop and Dalai Lama have different reactions

by Jorge Hernandez on May 6, 2011

Compared to the Dalai Lama, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, who leads the Anglican church, had very different comments about Osama bin Laden's death at the hands of U.S. Navy Seals in Pakistan.

The Dalai Lama, who leads Tibetan Buddhists, visited the University of Souther California on May 3, two days after the announcement that bin Laden had been killed by U.S. forces, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Dalai Lama represents a philosophy of peace to many people around the world.

"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," said the Dalai Lama to an audience of more than 3,000 students.

A representative for the Dalai Lama later said that the Dalai Lama does believe in "compassion," even for bin Laden.

Conversely, the Archbishop spoke about "justice," but in a slightly different light, according to the BBC.

"[When] faced with someone who was manifestly a war criminal …it is important that justice is seen to be served. …I think the killing of an unarmed man is always going to leave a very uncomfortable feeling because it doesn't look as if justice is seen to be done," said Rowen Williams.

According to the Archbishop, the different versions of what happened at the Abbottabad, Pakistan, compound also do not aid in painting a clear picture from which one can glean a sense of what happened.

Many Americans have rejoiced and taken comfort in knowing that Osama bin Laden is dead, while some have also expressed discomfort about celebrating a death.

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