Interesting World: Man Unwittingly Live Tweets Raid That Killed Osama Bin Laden

from the so-that-happened dept

There's really not much for us to say on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, since that's really not a topic for this blog... and, of course, it's being covered quite ably pretty much everywhere else. However, I do find this one minor side story, highlighted by Mike Butcher at TechCrunch, quite fascinating as an indication of the type of world we live in today. Apparently, while the helicopter raid was going on, an IT consultant in Abbottabad, Pakistan named Sohaib Athar, happened to be up and hear the helicopters and went to Twitter to talk about it on his account @ReallyVirtual (which is a great Twitter handle, by the way). You can read his tweets (and some of his retweets and responses) below. Start from the bottom to get them in order:
He seems a bit in shock from his sudden internet fame, which is certainly understandable. However, what gets me is that something like this is even possible today. Just a few years ago, almost no one have ever thought that the world would be connected to such a level. One can hope that the sort of connections and humanization that come about due to such technological advances might one day lead to a world where we don't have to deal with bombings and terrorists to chase down...

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  1. identicon
    JB, 2 May 2011 @ 10:13am

    Re: Re: Just so you know...

    @bean.java:

    1. Take a look at your definition for Justice, particularly letter c, "the principle that punishment should be proportionate to the offence." This is fully inline with what has occurred.

    2. How do you know that the mission's goal was assassination? It very well could have been a mission to capture him alive. When the service men were attacked and their lives put in grave danger or the lives of others (in the case of him using a woman as a human shield), then lethal force was appropriate.

    3. If we truly apply the concept of "An eye for an eye," then it stops with only two eyes gone; the victim's and the attacker's. The person carrying out the punishment is not held liable for the punishment as long as it is properly administered; including determination of guilt and in full observance of the law. Therefore, unless every person in the world were to carry out the punishment maliciously and with disregard to law, the process would stop short of everyone being blind.

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