SMU Students Speak Out On Bin Laden’s Death

May 2, 2011  

By Shana Ray

With a 24-hour period to let the shocking news of Osama Bin Laden’s death resonate with the SMU student body, various opinions arise.

Freshman Parminder Deo was behind his computer when he first got the news.

“I felt an immediate sense of relief and happiness for the innocent families who will finally receive some sense of closure,” Deo said.

Deo also said he understood that our battle with terrorism was not over, but showed no signs of nervousness.

“It’s America and we can handle it, when we set our minds to something we do it,” Deo said.

The death of Bin Laden marks a historic time. Many people are elated with the news and some seem to take a different approach to the situation.

Senior Darren Baucham who was not fond of the idea of rejoicing over someone’s death.

“I would be more comfortable if they arrested him and had a trial, that is more justifiable than murder,” said Baucham. “Regardless of what he did it is not our right to judge.”

Baucham felt it was not just for the life of another person to be taken away and it certainly is wrong to celebrate.

“I value life more than anything,” he said.

Freshman Chris Chung agreed with Baucham on disapproving of the idea of celebrating death.

“I don’t think death is the best solution for anything, Bin Laden killed thousands of people, but he has family too,” Chung said.

He was definitely not sad and even glad that another terrorist threat is gone and unable to do anymore harm. He believes the U.S will handle any difficulties relating to an aftermath but there is a need for greater security.

Sophomore Erica Murphy, however, reveals that she was shocked and in complete disbelief.

“America had to do what was best for our country, however, I don’t feel like we can kill him and terrorism is all over,” Murphy said.

Whether you believe the killing of Bin Laden was justified, or you are strongly against America’s decision, we cannot ignore the future implications this has for our country. We are definitly headed on an unknown journey and the end did not come with the killing of one man. We have a much bigger battle ahead of us, and whether we want to or not America has to be ready.

Shana Ray is a communications student at Southern Methodist University.

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One Response to “SMU Students Speak Out On Bin Laden’s Death”

  1. R M KAIM on May 3rd, 2011 11:30 am

    is it good that Bin Laden is no longer around? yes, but in this case,maybe the means does not justify the end.
    Little bits & pieces are coming out since Sunday and if it is true that Bin Laden was un-armed, our military had no right to kill him in cold blood despite that we are in a war against terror and that he is responsible for thousands of deaths over the past 20 years. It would have been better to do things the American way and arrest an unarmed person, take them to trail and then execute him if found guilty, the American legal way.
    Also, the U.S government is now sensitive towards Islam by thinking of not showing pictures of a dead Bin Laden? There is no sensitivity by Muslims when tens of thousands of Muslims & Jews in the Middle East are murdered by Muslims. There is no sensitivity toward the 3,000 plus people in the twin towers when muslims flew planes into the twin towers. There is no sensitivity of pictures shown of dead soldiers on the battlefields of the civil war, World War I and World War II, so why start now with sensitivity with the body of Bin Laden.
    it just does not make sense who himself, could have cared less about anyone else in the world.