Daily Topics - Tuesday May 3rd, 2011

Daily Topics - Tuesday May 3rd, 2011

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Truthout proudly presents weekly installments of Thom's bestselling book "Unequal Protection"

Hour One: Has Barack Obama shattered George Bush's legacy?

Hour Two: Ethics of assassination...was it right to kill Bin Laden? Dr. Arthur C. Caplan

Hour Three: Was a proper Muslim buriel appropriate for Bin Laden?

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Maxrot 3 years 33 weeks ago
#1

Well Bin Laden was found in Pakistan, seemingly with the secret Patronage of its government. So are we to stay in Afghanistan, or will we just move them over to Pakistan. I wonder what excuse we'll be given to keep troops in the area, I suspect we'll hear arguments by the end of the week coming from the administration. I can only hope that there is enough push back that the demands from the American people to remove the troops is too overwhelming for the administration. If that is the case, I wonder if there will be unspoken regrets in the administration about their success, now that they have removed Goldberg...er ah... Bin Laden.

Also now that Bin Laden is dead, who's the default current head of Al Quaida now?

Either way it seems clear to me that having thousands of troops on the ground was not necessary to take out Bin Laden. It was a small elite group, it went in and surgically removed its target. It seems that when dealing with criminals such as terrorists, its best to do it in this manner. Either the war against terror is going to wind down or ratchet up, I can't see it staying the same.

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rladlof 3 years 33 weeks ago
#2

It is not appropriate to blame the Son of Laden for the bad acts of the Bush Administration and the Republicans in Congress. While it may have been Bin Laden's blueprint, the thugs that stripped Americans of their Rights and Freedom are all home-grown.

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rladlof 3 years 33 weeks ago
#4

Republican War on Education - Tom Corbett (R-PA) Hates College Campuses:

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/04/pa_gov_suggests_universities_tap_into_shale_deposi.php

Republican War on Women - Governor Mitch Daniels (R-IN) Wants Women to Die of Cancer and Their Children to Starve:

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/04/daniels_to_sign_bill_stripping_federal_funds_from.php

File Under Why is This Dude Not in Prision?:

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/04/yoo_president_can_slaughter_village_but_not_make_c.php

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mirfromindia 3 years 33 weeks ago
#5

I think Thom was getting to but missed one critical point - this WAS NOT ABOUT BIN LADEN! If a criminal is convicted of murder and is given the death penalty, his body is still given the last rites of his professed religion. Similarly in Islam too, when any criminal is killed, he is given full last rites (except for very rare specific religious crimes).. By giving Bin Laden last rites, they respected this rule of Islam and in fact impressed many muslims around the world that US would actually take the time and make arrangements for a full burial (even though it was done at sea for different reasons).

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