Two views on bin Laden's death

May 03, 2011

Consider these two comments if you want to know who is our ally and who is our enemy.

Hamas, which controls the Gaza strip and regularly fires rockets into neighboring Israel, has condemned the U.S. killing of Osama bin Laden and said it "mourned him as an Arab holy warrior," according to news reports.

"We regard this as a continuation of the American policy based on oppression and the shedding of Muslim and Arab blood," said Ismail Haniyeh, head of Hamas in Gaza.

By contrast, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the U.S. operation a "resounding victory for justice, freedom and the values shared by all democratic countries fighting shoulder to shoulder against terror."

The premier went on to personally congratulate the U.S. president as well as American soldiers, saying that "the State of Israel shares the joy of the American people on this historical day, that of bin Laden's ouster."

Irwin E. Weiss, Baltimore

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