SMU Students Speak Out On Bin Laden’s Death

May 2, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

By Shana Ray
sray@smu.edu

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.

Locals Gather at Former President Bush’s Home to Celebrate Bin Laden’s Death

May 1, 2011 by · 134 Comments 

By Daily Mustang Staff
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SMU students and other Dallasites held posters Sunday night in front of former President George W. Bush’s home in Dallas thanking him for his dedication to the country after news of Osama bin Laden’s death hit the news.

The home on Daria Place in Preston Hollow, about a mile north of SMU, was a meeting place for Bush fans and those celebrating the death of man who the U.S. government holds responsible for the worst terrorist act on American soil.

Visitors waved American flags and held signs like one that read “President Obama forgot to say…’Thank You President Bush!’” Others began to chant “U.S.A.” and some even brought red and blue balloons to hang on the gate of the residence.

Dallasites celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden in front of the residence of former President George W. Bush Sunday night. (PHOTO BY STUART PALLEY / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

In an e-mail statement released by the office of President George W. Bush he said:

“Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001. I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission. They have our everlasting gratitude. This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.”

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