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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-04-11 12:22 PM
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Osama bin Laden is dead. One Buddhist’s response.
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by Susan

“In the Shambhala warrior tradition, we say you should only have to kill an enemy once every thousand years.” –Chogyam Trungpa

So, Osama bin Laden is dead. We killed him. There really was no choice. We were clearly in an “us or them” situation and if we didn’t kill him, he was going to continue to do everything in his power to kill us.

As Buddhists, we are supposed to abhor all killing, but what do you do when someone is trying to kill you? Obviously great theologians have pondered this question for millennia and I’m not going to try to pile on with my point of view, which would be totally useless.

Instead, I’ll pose this question: How do you kill your enemy in a way that puts a stop to violence rather than escalates it? /

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  -Osama bin Laden is dead. One Buddhist’s response. AsahinaKimi  May-04-11 12:22 PM   #0 
  - k/r  progressoid   May-04-11 12:54 PM   #1 
  - "if we didn’t kill him, he was going to ... kill us"  FiveGoodMen   May-04-11 12:58 PM   #2 
  - By virtue of the fact that he arranged for the wholesale murder of thousands of Americans...  JuniperLea   May-04-11 01:02 PM   #3 
     - There you have it - when you come down to it, he was far less  RaleighNCDUer   May-04-11 01:49 PM   #8 
  - The world is a slightly better place  zappaman   May-04-11 01:04 PM   #4 
  - I had no idea Osama was flying those planes that day.  originalpckelly   May-04-11 01:07 PM   #5 
  - What a disappointingly narrow viewpoint.  MineralMan   May-04-11 03:19 PM   #10 
  - All lose in war  chillspike   May-04-11 01:18 PM   #6 
  - self-delete  shanti   May-04-11 01:21 PM   #7 
  - As much as I admire Buddhist philosophy, I do not believe  MineralMan   May-04-11 03:16 PM   #9 
  - that is a good piece  cali   May-04-11 03:19 PM   #11 

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