Lambeth Palace press release: Archbishop on Osama Bin Laden
…Q: Do you believe that the killing of Osama Bin Laden is justice for the 9/11 attacks and indeed other attacks? And was the US morally justified in shooting him even though he was unarmed as the White House now admits?
A: I think that the killing of an unarmed man is always going to leave a very uncomfortable feeling because it doesn’t look as if justice is seen to be done, in those circumstances. I think it is also true that the different versions of events that have emerged in recent days have not done a great deal to help here. I don’t know the full details anymore than anyone else does but I do believe that in such circumstance when we are faced with someone who was manifestly a ‘war criminal’ as you might say in terms of the atrocities inflicted, it is important that justice is seen to be observed.
His comments have been well publicised and discussed:
- Press Association via Independent Archbishop ‘uncomfortable’ over Bin Laden killing
- Telegraph Tim Ross Osama bin Laden dead: Archbishop of Canterbury criticises White House
- Guardian Riazat Butt Bin Laden killing left ‘uncomfortable feeling’ – Rowan Williams
- BBC Archbishop ‘uncomfortable’ over Bin Laden unarmed death
- Channel 4 News Osama bin Laden killing leaves Archbishop ‘uncomfortable’