So, I take it you don’t approve of the Bin Laden killing, then?

I’m guessing the Hankyoreh’s editorial cartoonist takes issue with certain aspects of the Osama Bin Laden killing.

The Hani also ran an editorial decrying the execution of an unarmed OBL as a violation of international law. You can read the thing on your own: I’ll just quote the last two paragraphs (quickly translating):

That the United States did not inform the Pakistani government before starting the operation, too, reveals the illegality of the operation. The United States claims it was worried about the information leaking, but this is just an excuse. It just showed once again their arrogant attitude that to accomplish their own goals, they show no regard for another country’s sovereignty.

Bin Laden’s killing might have temporarily satisfied the desire for revenge of Americans, resentful of the 9.11 attacks. In the long-range view, however, it is very possible Bin Laden’s killing may in fact harm global peace and security. Responding to violence with more violence leads to even greater misfortune. There are even sarcastic remarks emerging that by killing Bin Laden, the US military made him a martyr. The United States committed a grave error in judgment.

Responding to violence with more violence leads to even greater misfortune, eh? You mean, like Ahn Jung-geun?

  • gbevers

    I wish someone would go to the roof of the building where Hankyoreh has its offices and play a really, really loud recording of helicopter rotors.

  • Granfalloon

    Ahn Jung-guen? Well played, Mr. Koehler. Although clearly, you are not understanding their special situation.

  • CactusMcHarris

    The Hani also doesn’t do due diligence on the Pakistani/U.S. relationship, one that’s shot through with suspicion and distrust. If the U.S. had informed Pakistan’s ISI of its intended actions, doesn’t the hit also not take place because it would have been betrayed. I can see why this newspaper is the milquetoast of the shinmuns.

  • ecorn

    Should the United States show any more respect for the sovereignty of a country harboring a terrorist than said terrorist showed for the United States?

    As to the question of legality, this sums it up well:

  • Sperwer

    @1 If you commandeer the helo, I’ll rope down to the roof in full battle rattle. πŸ˜‰

  • Fullslab

    Hani = Hamas
    “there were few condemnations over the killing. Hamas, the radical Islamist group in Gaza, made one of the only public statements that criticized the killing.”

  • Jashin Densetsu

    they had to kill him. if they took him alive and put him on trial they wouldn’t be able to convict him for 9/11. they’d have to convict him for something else. and then people might start wondering and asking questions.

  • dokdoforever

    Obama outlawed the use of waterboarding, and his administration insisted that no knowledge from past use of waterboarding had contributed to the operation to seize bin Laden.

  • PineForest

    The august editorial staff of the hankyoreh are cordially invited to blow me.

  • pawikirogii

    what? the us shooting an unarmed brown man dead? sounds like business as usual. carry on.

  • jefferyhodges

    Unarmed? True, he didn’t have an airliner at hand . . .

    Jeffery Hodges

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  • iMe

    forget what those korean michael moores have to say. what i don’t understand is why our fraud-in-chief keeps tweaking his story on what really happened.

  • setnaffa

    If everybody helped at least one other person every day (kind words and deeds go a long way), wouldn’t the world be a nicer place?

  • setnaffa

    However, if I were to walk up and beat your little sister to death with a bat, then drop the bat, would you be inclined to just leave me alone?

    Or would you do your best to make sure I never touched a bat or a kid again?

    Those who criticize the manner of death given to ObL are as rotten as he was…

  • SomeguyinKorea

    Well, since it’s open season on people who’ve funded mass murder and terrorism, what about Kim Jong-il?

  • Sonagi

    Infiltrating North Korea to take out Kim Jong-il would be mission impossible even for Seal Team Six.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    Then why is the Hani freaking out? πŸ˜‰

  • SomeguyinKorea

    PS. Don’t be so fast to discredit Delta Force.

  • gbevers

    Sonagi wrote (#16):

    Infiltrating North Korea to take out Kim Jong-il would be mission impossible even for Seal Team Six.

    Maybe, but since SEAL Team Six got bin-Laden, our enemies may be more nervous then they were before, which is something we can use to our advantage.

    For example, if we wanted a major concession out of North Korea, we could allow the North to intercept a fake message that says, “SEAL Team Six in route to South Korea for Operation ‘Geronimo 2.'”

  • dogbertt

    what? the us shooting an unarmed brown man dead? sounds like business as usual. carry on.

    Stupid shit like this is why no one believes you’re an American.

  • Hamilton

    #20 Dogbertt,

    Actually that makes him very American or potentially Canadian. The ability to hurl racially charged insults at Americans without any support is in the genome of the American Liberal.

    It’s surprising we didn’t get any street cred killing all those white Germans in WWI and II.

    But you are correct it still is quite stupid sh**.

  • jefferyhodges

    Not to mention white Americans killing white Americans during the Civil War, with over 600,000 perishing . . .

    Jeffery Hodges

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  • keith

    The SEALs were too kind to OBL. Putting him down like that was too humane. They should have shot him in both knees and dropped him off in a remote desert in a coffin made from pork.

  • 3gyupsal

    America should have just done the Korean thing and paid a ransom.