New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 3, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 6 — Herald Zeitung — Tuesday, May 3, 2011
► REACTIONS ACROSS THE WORLD
Death sparks relief, outrage
Sympathizers vow to avenge al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden
Some have doubts about death
By Deb Riecbmann and Kart Ritter
KABUL, Afghanistan — Nows of Osama bin taden's death Stirred strong emotions Monday, from a profound sense of relief across much of the globe to outrage among sympathizers who vowed to avenge the al-Qaida leader.
Most world leaders welcomed President Barack Obama s announcement of the helicopter raid on a compound in Pakistan, congratulating the U.S. for killing bin Laden or expressing satisfaction that the search for the world's most wanted terrorist was over.
"This is the late that evil killers deserve," said outgoing Iebanese Prime Minister Saad i lariri, deploring the harm that bin I ¿iden did to "the image of Islam and Arab causes."
French President Nicolas Sarkozy hailed "the tenacity of the United States" in its hunt for the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks while Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi called his death a "great result in the fight against evil."
Spontaneous, celebratory rallies broke out in New York (;ity at ground zero, where the World I rade Outer towers fell nearly 10 years ago, and outside the White House where Obama announced bin Laden's death.
"Here in New York, it is impossible not to Ix* reminded of the murderous legacy of Osama bin Laden," BU foreign policy chief Githerine Ashton
said while on a visit to the city.
In Afghanistan, where bin Laden was given refuge by the country's previous Taliban rulers, local officials erupted in applause when President Hamid Karzai told them the news.
"(His hands) were dipped in the blood of thousands and thousands of children, youths and elders of Afghanistan," Karzai told reporters, and repeated his claim that the fight against terrorism should not be fought in Afghan villages, but across the border in hideouts in Pakistan where bin Laden was killed.
At the site of the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya, a man who lost his eyesight in the attack prayed in front of a wall commemorating those killed.
SaJah Anani, a Palestinian-Jordan militant leader accused of links to al-Qaida, saidThere will Ix* scxm be another leader."
Bin liiden's former sister-in-law, Swiss-bom Carmen Bin-ladin, told the AP that he would have wanted to die "rather than face justice in an American court"
Several Muslims said bin Laden's death will help restore die image of Islam as a religion of peace.
"Bin liiden's acts robbed us of freedom to talk and move around," said Mohammad al-Mansouri, a prominent lawyer and human rights activist in the United Arab Emirates. "He turned us into targets at home and suspects in every foreign country we traveled to."
From the Associated Press
WAS! IINC rFON — Knowing there would Ix* dislrelievers, the U.S. says it used convincing means to confirm Osama bin Laden's identity during and after the firelight that killed him. But the mystique that surrounded the terrorist chieftain in life is persisting in death.
Was it really him? How do we know? Where are the pictures?
Already, those questions are spreading in Pakistan and surely beyond. In the absence of photos and with his body given up to the sea, many people don't want to believe that bin Laden — the Great Emir to some, the fabled escape artist of the Tore Bora mountains to fix* and friend alike — is really dead.
U.S. officials are balancing that skepticism with the sensitivities that might be* inflamed by showing images they say they have of the dead al-Qaida leader and video of his burial at sea. Still, it appeared likely that photographic evidence would he produced.
"We are going to do everything we can to make sure that nobody has any basis to try to deny that we got Osama bin Laden," John Brennan, President Barack Obama's counterterrorism adviser, said Monday. He said the U.S. will "share what we can because we want to make sure that not only the American people but the world understand exactly
We are going to do everything we can to make sure nobody has any basis to try to deny that we got Osama bin Laden."
— John Brennan
President Obama's counterterrorism adviser
In July 2003, the U.S. took heat but also quieted most conspiracy theorists by releas-ing graphic photos of the corpses of Saddam I lussein’s two powerful sons to prove American forces had killed them.
So far, the U.S. has cited evidence that satisfied the Navy SEAL force, and at least most of the world, that they had the right man in Ahhottabad, Pakistan.
The helicopter-borne raiding squad that swarmed the luxury compound identified bin l^den by appearance. A woman in the compound who was identified as his wife was said to have called out bin Laden's name in the melee.
Officials produced a quick DNA match from his remains that they said established bin Laden's identity, even absent the other techniques, with 99.9 percent certainty. U.S. officials also said bin Ixiden was identified through photo comparisons and other methods.
Tellingly, an al-Qaida spokesman, in vowing vengeance against America, called him a martyr, offering
no challenge to the U.S. account of his death.
Even so, it's almost inevitable that the bin Iitden mythology will not end with the bullet in his head. If it suits extremist ends to spin a fantastical tale of survival or trickery to gullible ears, expect to hear it.
In the immediate aftermath, people in Ahhottabad expressed widespread disbelief that bin laden had died — or ever lived — among them.
"I'm not ready to buy bin Laden was here," said Haris Rasheed, 22, who works in a fast food restaurant. "How come no one knew he was here and why did they bury him so quickly? ITiis is all fake —a drama, and a crude one."
Kama! Khan, 25, who is unemployed, said the official story "looks fishy to me."
The burial from an aircraft carrier in the North Arabian Sea was videotaped aboard the ship, according to a senior defense official. The official said it was highly likely that the video, along with photographs of bin Laden's body, would be made public in coming days.
Fabled SEAL Team 6 ends hunt for bin Laden
WASHINGTON (AP) — Navy SEALs are being told to keep the details to themselves after the famous military special operations group killed Osama bin Laden in an overnight raid in Pakistan early Monday.
The Navy officer in charge of the elite unit told hLs troops
Monday that they should be proud but keep quiet about it. In an email message obtained by The Associated Press, Rear Adm. Ed Winters also says the fight is not over, and sharing too many details can endanger the next operation.
A unit of specially trained
SEALS known as SEAL Team 6 stormed a secret compound in Pakistan overnight. The operation involved a small number of U.S. forces and lasted about 40 minutes.
U.S. officials say the SEALs left with bin Laden's body and unspecified evidence gathered at the scene.
Pakistan man unknowingly liveblogs operation
CAIRO (AP) — A computer programmer, startled by a helicopter clattering above his quiet Pakistani town in the early hours of the morning Monday, did what any social-media addict would do: he began sending messages to the scxrial networking site TWitter.
Witli his tweets, 33-year-old Sohaib Athar, who moved to the town of Ahhottabad to escape the big city, liecame in his own words "the guy who Mveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it."
Soon the sole helicopter multiplied into several and gunfire and explosions rocked the air above the town, and Athar's tweets quickly garnered 14,000 followers as he apparently became the first in the world to describe the U.S. operation to kill one of the world's most wanted militants.
His first tweet was innocuous: "Helicopter hovering above Ahhottabad at 1AM (is a rare event)."
As the operation to kill Osama Bin Laden unfolded, Athar "liveblogged" what he was hearing in real time, describing windows rattling as bombs exploded.
Athiir then said one of the aircraft appeared to have been shot down. Two more helicopters rushed in, he reported.
Soon, however, the rumbling of international events far beyond the confines of this quiet upscale suburb began to dawn on Athar, and he realized what he might be witnessing.
"I think the helicopter crash in Ahhottabad, Pakistan and the President Obama breaking news address are connected," he tweeted.
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