Archbishop Bothered by Osama Killing

Anglican leader says killing 'left an uncomfortable feeling'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2011 12:46 AM CDT
The Dalai Lama speaks at the University of California in Irvine this week.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – The leader of the world's Anglicans and the leader of the world's Tibetan Buddhists have somewhat different takes on the killing of Osama bin Laden. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams says the killing has left "a very uncomfortable" feeling, reports the BBC. When faced with a war criminal, "it is important that justice is seen to be served," the archbishop said. But 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," he added.

The Dalai Lama, however—a man noted for his reluctance to swat mosquitos—said bin Laden's terrorist actions "must be brought to justice" when he was asked about the killing during an appearance at the University of California in Irvine earlier this week, the Los Angeles Times reports. "Forgiveness doesn't mean forget what happened," he said. "If something is serious and it is necessary to take counter-measures, you have to take counter-measures." A representative for the Tibetan government-in-exile later issued a statement stressing that the Dalai Lama believes even bin Laden deserved compassion.

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