Osama Bin Laden: A Case Study

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On May 2, 2011 a team of U.S. Navy Seals invaded a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan where they found and killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. Since then People have condemned the invasion saying it was not moral for the Americans to go under cover and perform this secret act of retaliation to violence. This act of violence is morally permissible and can be proven through natural law theory and utilitarianism.
It started back in 1993 with several bombings throughout the years on U.S. military bases killing hundreds and injuring thousands. September 11, 2001 was the day members of al-Qaida executed their long plan of terrorism on the United States of America. Four planes were hijacked by members of al-Qaida, two were crashed into the World Trade Center, the third crashed into the Pentagon, and the fourth crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Over 3,000 Americans were killed that day due to the terrorist attack. Terrorism is defined by MacKinnon as “violent acts that deliberately intend to inflict harm on those who do not deserve to be harmed” (MacKinnon). The people of New York who were killed and injured by the attack did not deserve to be harmed. The United States tracked Osama bin Laden
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Osama bin Laden was “placed on the FBI’s most wanted list in 1999” (Timeline). The attack on the United States occurred in 2001 and bin Laden was hunted down for 10 years. It is not fully understood what went down the night of May second when he was killed. If Osama bin Laden would have been captured and put on trial, he wouldn’t have got the satisfaction of being martyr. This would have been a better option for everyone but because of the danger in the mission to capture him its not sure if they were unable to capture him and that’s what resulted in the shooting and killing of Osama bin

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