Life and Death

  • 5 May 2011

    Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has said that the killing of Osama Bin Laden by US special forces makes him feel "uncomfortable".

  • 5 May 2011

    So President Obama has decided that he will not release the image of Osama bin Laden’s body. The reason, he says, is that it could be used for propaganda purposes by terrorist organisations. How about the fact that making public the blood-stained and damaged body of a human being is just plain unpleasant, undignified and quite wrong?

  • 4 May 2011

    The killing of Osama bin Laden has united survivors of the 1998 terrorist attack on the US embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, in a compassionate response.

  • 4 May 2011

    Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders have responded to the the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden with varying degrees of relief, regret and caution.

  • 3 May 2011

    "I and my group of 9/11 victims' relatives hope we will take this opportunity to restore the US to the path of justice, not war," says Andrea LeBlanc in a moving article for the Guardian newspaper entitled 'America after Osama bin Laden'.

  • 3 May 2011

    Despite scenes of jubilation from the USA following Osama bin Laden's killing, many religious leaders and commentators have reacted soberly.

  • 2 May 2011

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's call on the Taliban and al-Qaida to renounce violence in the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden is a statement from the heart of a world power which feels a renewed sense of vigour in the light of what is being called a "policy success". But it does not strike one as arising from a very thoughtful, perceptive or accurate view of the world.

  • 2 May 2011

    This morning I woke to an orgy of media-fed delight about a violent death. According to Irenaeus, the second century Bishop of Lugdunum, “the glory of God is a human being fully alive.” According to at least one politician I listened to on the radio, what pleases God most is an enemy brutally murdered.

  • 2 May 2011

    Osama Bin Laden may be dead, but if Americans and Europeans now think that they can begin to relax over the prospect of ‘international terror’, they are very mistaken, says Michael Marten. US policy in particular is catastrophically misaligned in the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia. The 'clash of civilisations' thesis is also gravely misleading, and religion (not least Islam) is not implicated in all this in the way simplistic analyses presume.

  • 2 May 2011

    Civilian protection requires simple, straightforward dialogue and negotiation with the people who can control whether other people are safe or not. It also works, say Tim Wallis of Nonviolent Peaceforce. As soon as we bring guns, tanks and air support into the picture, we are talking about something which more often than not does not work, and often makes things worse.