I'm undecided on this one, though I'm swaying towards the view that he shouldn't have been killed, instead just prevented from killing others. Was it right to kill him? What are the positives and negatives of his death?
Morally what was the right thing to do? was it a lesser of two evils?
How similar were/are the motivations of Al Qaeda and the US, they are both convinced that they religion is right are they not?
I believe we should have made him disappear (by killing him), but not tell anyone. People would speculate, and the US could casually deny, but no matter how he died (and in the end, even by trial he would have anyway), he would be considered a martyr.
The ones that would notice most would be Al-Qaeda and it would be satisfying to me to have them make a fuss about Bin Laden being missing and us ignore them and make fun of them for 'losing' him. I'd love the president to have a news conference to say he believes Bin Laden is no longer a threat to anyone anymore, that his sphere of influence had been shrunk to not being able to plan the destruction of the moles in his yard; whereever he is now....with a smug smile on his face.
He actually denied responsibility for the attacks for several years, and after about half a decade he began to allude to it.. But some of the most prominent "confessions" were actually forgeries that seemed to be planted by the gov't, ie tapes found in random houses in towns he wasn't associated with, with a 'bin laden' that had different bodily proportions, spoke differently, used a different primary hand, and wore a gold ring (which is forbidden in islam) and then spoke brazenly about planning the plots, as though it were designed as a confession, not his typical justification and statements against the US. Many, many independent translators also said that in other tapes key words were intentionally mistranslated or misconstrued, and that the end result was a translated message that didn't match the non-translated intent. Also keep in mind that the US gov't has never actually provided any evidence against Bin Laden in regards to 9/11, even on his FBI profile only the 93' attack and others around the world are mentioned, nothing to do with the WTC.
The point of me mentioning this isn't to imply it was someone else, but to draw attention to the fact that we don't know he was involved~ the conflict in afghanistan was started when the afghani's said they would turn him over to us if we provided evidence that implicated him, and we said "too late, we're coming in to get him."
To me, the rest are just excuses and rationalizations of emotion~ how is it that the worlds largest economy couldn't afford a single trial? I'm sure Guantanemo Bay would have taken him, they take anyone. If he doesn't recognize our laws then he gets a lawyer. I'm not sure where the idea of 'throngs of followers' comes from, since he was probably one of the most 'radioactive' people in the world~ unless you imagine hundreds of terrorists catching a flight to cuba to visit the most wanted man in the world on a military installation~ yeah, right.
All in all, rationalizations for why we break or own laws and morals. If he were an american, even if he were a terrorist, I find it unlikely that he would have met the same fate.
When he became an international terrorist mastermind, he knew how this would probably end. If he had tried to establish himself as a dictator in one country, he might have had better luck. It's just too bad he didn't dispose of himself like Hitler did. The folks killed on Sept. 11 didn't get any trial or even a chance to escape. I don't think religion had a lot to do with taking Bin Laden down. i think he had more (probably many more) terrorist attacks planned against the US and other countries. I think this is the main reason he was killed. He was not going to stop no matter what.
I think we are still in a state of war with bin laden's group, although they are not a country so the war isn't declared. being in a state of war i think it's ok to kill him, same as it's ok to kill the other combattants. I was against the war in iraq, there was no evidence iraq was a threat and they did not attack us. bin ladens group killed thousands with their attacks. so far doesn't look like he's martyred - draw a cartoon of mohammed and people riot, but there have been no riots about bin laden. time will tell.