3 News is reporting that:
Osama Bin Laden is dead and the US is in possession of his body, according to reports from a senior US counter-terrorism official.
A senior Pakistani intelligence official has also confirmed that Bin Laden is dead, according to the Associated Press.
US President Barack Obama is currently holding an emergency press conference. …
There are hundreds of people outside the White House now – but many more are expected to arrive as time goes by. Crowds of jubilant people have gathered cheering and chanting “USA. USA”. People are singing the ‘Star Spangled Banner’.
It is being reported that Osama Bin Laden was killed in a mansion by a drone strike near Islamabad in Pakistan.
However, CNN are reporting it was a human operation not a drone strike.
Labour Leader Phil Goff has said Bin Laden was responsible for the deaths of thousands of citizens and the world was a better place without him. “I have absolutely zero tolerance for terrorists who kill innocent people in pursuit of the ideological goals,” said Mr Goff.
I will never support violent terrorism and I agree with Goff, the world is better off without Bin Laden. But on the other hand I find the tactics of America, with their torture and illegal wars, rather difficult to distinguish from violent terrorism at times. And the thought of American triumphalism on this killing revolts me. Maybe time to go bush for a week.