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Osama's Hideout Gets 3 Out of 5 Stars on Google Maps

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the too-bad-we-can't-stay dept.

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Many submitters have pointed out that Osama bin Laden's hideout is getting a lot of reviews on Google Maps. Some of my favorites of the 600+ so far include: "The hotel is obviously doing quite well, as evidenced by the fact that the cleaning crew is actually helicoptered in each evening, and in fact they go so far as to destroy any furniture that they feel is outdated or in need of repair," and "Privacy was great...until being leaked out on the Playstation Network."

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Awesome Streetview Tagged Photo (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36017400)

I love that someone already tagged the location with a streetview photo of the Arrested Development model home.

All in all, it's amazing what Americans can accomplish when the Playstation Network is down.

Re:Awesome Streetview Tagged Photo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36017468)

I'm more amazed there is Street View level maps.

Re:Awesome Streetview Tagged Photo (1)

Riceballsan (816702) | more than 3 years ago | (#36017562)

Well what is less suspicious, a street view shot of a house, or a big black square like Cheney's house.

Re:Awesome Streetview Tagged Photo (4, Funny)

lxs (131946) | more than 3 years ago | (#36021590)

That's not an edit but an artifact caused by the hellmouth in his basement.

Re:Awesome Streetview Tagged Photo (1)

rgbatduke (1231380) | more than 3 years ago | (#36022434)

Oh for a mod point -- funny!

Re:Awesome Streetview Tagged Photo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36020244)

and while xbox-live was down we got

http://www.gamespot.com/news/6184323.html

"After three decades as the Chairman of Microsoft Corporation, Bill Gates steps down from daily duties to concentrate on philanthropy."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008

Your princess (4, Funny)

sourcerror (1718066) | more than 3 years ago | (#36021342)

Your princess is in another cave.

Re:Awesome Streetview Tagged Photo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36024292)

I find it's fairly rare Americans understand irony, probably brits

epic lawls (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36017624)

People on the internet like to imagine themselves as being clever. This isn't newsworthy.

Re:epic lawls (2)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 3 years ago | (#36020638)

This is Idle.
Idle is all about non-newsworthy stuff.

Re:epic lawls (2)

rgbatduke (1231380) | more than 3 years ago | (#36022474)

No, Eric is Idle. This is one more piece of evidence in time travel. The reviews are clearly from the future, when the compound is a bed and breakfast that advertises "Bring your wives and children! Sleep in Osama's bed!"...

And with all that attention... (2)

Deadstick (535032) | more than 3 years ago | (#36017654)

...nobody in the media has noticed that Osama chose to hide out in a city named after a British colonial overlord.

rj

Re:And with all that attention... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36018114)

Why would you say that? That particular bit of trivia has been mentioned in a few articles. For example,

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13274176 [bbc.co.uk]

(the top story on bbcnews) has the factoid in a sidebar, while
http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/02/following-the-reaction-to-bin-ladens-death/ [nytimes.com]

includes a poem by James Abbot himself about the town he founded:

Oh! Abbottabad we are leaving you now
To your natural beauty do I bow
Perhaps your winds will never reach my ears
My gift for you is sad tears
I bid you farewell with a heavy heart
Never from my mind will your memories thwart.

I'm more curious about what your point is; first of all, James Abbot wasn't an overlord, just an officer (judging by his bio on wiki, anyway). Even if he was, what's the point? I don't see how this is interesting beyond its status as a coincidence. It's certainly not irony.

Bah, humbug.

Re:And with all that attention... (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36018124)

What?

I thought it was named after a '40s straight-man.

Re:And with all that attention... (2)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 3 years ago | (#36018732)

What?

I thought it was named after a '40s straight-man.

What's on second.

Re:And with all that attention... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36019472)

What?

I thought it was named after a '40s straight-man.

What's on second.

I'm not asking you who's on second!

Re:And with all that attention... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36019528)

What?

I thought it was named after a '40s straight-man.

What's on second.

I'm not asking you who's on second!

No, who's on first.

Re:And with all that attention... (1)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 3 years ago | (#36020962)

What?

I thought it was named after a '40s straight-man.

What's on second.

I'm not asking you who's on second!

No, who's on first.

I don't know.

Re:And with all that attention... (1)

Coren22 (1625475) | more than 3 years ago | (#36024296)

Third Base.

Re:And with all that attention... (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#36023426)

So who's straight?

Re:And with all that attention... (2)

QuasiSteve (2042606) | more than 3 years ago | (#36018130)

nobody in the media has noticed that Osama chose to hide out in a city named after a British colonial overlord

Seriously? Maybe you should change your venue of media. It was explicitly mentioned on the Dutch news in several of the first few news broadcasts on Monday morning.

Checking Google News, I'd say there's also plenty of other media that spent 30 seconds on Wikipedia or something to find out a little historical background on the town;
http://www.google.com/search?q=Abbottabad+ [google.com] "james+abbott"

Re:And with all that attention... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36019254)

CNN mentioned it as soon as the location was confirmed. CNN, if you'll recall, used to have trouble identifying European countries on a map. I'd call that progress!

Re:And with all that attention... (1)

sqldr (838964) | more than 3 years ago | (#36018606)

random google image search..

Here's two tourists "hey, lets check out that nice town" who have now discovered that fucking UBL is probably somewhere in the background :-)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2185/2347384304_785d311309.jpg [flickr.com]

Re:And with all that attention... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36018754)

...nobody in the media has noticed that Osama chose to hide out in a city named after a British colonial overlord.

rj

My goodness. It's been all over the news here (New Zealand). You forgot to mention that it's also a major Pakistani Army base.

eighth paragraph:

Good thing that Robert Fisk isn't as slow on the uptake as you seem to be.

Re:And with all that attention... (1)

seyyah (986027) | more than 3 years ago | (#36019180)

Oh yes they have: Abbottabad â" pretty Himalayan town, pity about the poem [guardian.co.uk]

I quote:

There is some argument over whether General Sir James Abbott founded Abbottabad. Herbert Edwardes, another soldier and administrator in the Punjab, has his claims. But it was Abbott who managed to put his name to the place, and he really should have left it at that. The encomium he composed when he left the hilltown he loved must be one of the worst poems ever written.

Re:And with all that attention... (1)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 3 years ago | (#36019240)

Well, I wonder why Douglas Adams did not scratch Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England off and give the award to James Abbot.

Re:And with all that attention... (1)

macshit (157376) | more than 3 years ago | (#36019402)

Ugh. No doubt Abbot's poetry is awful, but the sort of smug snarkiness shown by the article author seems in very poor taste. It's the sort of thing one expects from random blogs, of course, but this guy is a "poetry professional," writing in a major newspaper (ok, it's the Grauniad, but still).

Bad form, sir.

Re:And with all that attention... (1)

RockDoctor (15477) | more than 3 years ago | (#36021366)

The encomium he composed when he left the hilltown he loved must be one of the worst poems ever written.

That's quite a steep claim, but I'm not minded to pursue it. In the last couple of days I've been exposed to two of McGonagall's [ahemm]"masterpieces" dedicated to the Tay Bridge (one praising it's obvious strength, the other lamenting it's collapse). That is quite enough competition for the "worst poet in the world" for me for a few days^H^H^H^H^H years^H^H^H^H^H^H decades.

Re:And with all that attention... (1)

vk2sky (1463797) | more than 3 years ago | (#36019454)

...nobody in the media has noticed that Osama chose to hide out in a city named after a British colonial overlord.

I thought it was named after an American comedian. I bet al Zawahiri won't be staying in Costelloabad much longer...

Re:And with all that attention... (1)

Surt (22457) | more than 3 years ago | (#36020144)

You feel it likely that this played significantly into his decision making process?

NPR did on "All Things Considered" (1)

Kamiza Ikioi (893310) | more than 3 years ago | (#36022502)

Incorrect. It was pointed out yesterday on NPR's "All Things Considered". Now, if you said "nobody in the mainstream media", you might be right, but I ignore most of them if I can help it.

...nobody in the media has noticed that Osama chose to hide out in a city named after a British colonial overlord.

rj

No Streetview (1)

chargersfan420 (1487195) | more than 3 years ago | (#36017674)

Sadly, the Google Streetview team hasn't driven past the place yet.

Re:No Streetview (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36017832)

Eh? [googleusercontent.com]

Re:No Streetview (5, Funny)

Sabalon (1684) | more than 3 years ago | (#36018978)

That's okay. I hear there was a commissioned low altitude aerial fly by.

Waidaminute... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36017718)

If it's been on Google Maps this whole time, how come it took 10 years for them to finally get Osama?

Re:Waidaminute... (2)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 3 years ago | (#36020658)

"Oh c'mon, there's no way he would be hiding there! That place is on Google Maps Street View for pete's sake!"

Re:Waidaminute... (1)

Intron (870560) | more than 3 years ago | (#36022210)

Good point. I just typed "hideouts near abbottabad pakistan" and it came right up.

The funniest thing is that on the list of places is: UBL's O Face Saloon

Review (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36017724)

Needed a nice place in Abottabad for wife's honeymoon. So impressed when I saw the place it nearly blew my eyes out of their sockets. Interior left something to be desired. Surprising number of rowdy Americans staying here.

Re:Review (3, Funny)

sqldr (838964) | more than 3 years ago | (#36018784)

"a guest on the third floor had some late night guests who made far too much noise. the common area was a mess the following morning, and there was a helecopter up on cinder blocks. no wifi"

Re:Review (3, Funny)

plover (150551) | more than 3 years ago | (#36019252)

"Abbottabad? More like Abbottas-bad-as-it-gets . Worst customer service, couldn't even find the place. And worst of all their meals are loaded with trans-fatwas."

Re:Review (2)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#36023450)

Cons: Room was obviously previously occupied by someone who smoked.

That's a lot of visitors (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 3 years ago | (#36017730)

I don't think it's a very good hideout if that many people have visited it...

Re:That's a lot of visitors (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#36017838)

It's called hiding in plain sight. Think of it like playing Where's Waldo, just instead of a funny shirt you look out for a face eating beard.

Re:That's a lot of visitors (2)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 3 years ago | (#36018148)

It's called hiding in plain sight. Think of it like playing Where's Waldo, just instead of a funny shirt you look out for a face eating beard.

Spotting the guy with a face eating beard isn't as easy in Pakistan as it is in Delaware.

Re:That's a lot of visitors (2)

vegiVamp (518171) | more than 3 years ago | (#36021626)

One would presume it would be a lot easier in Pakistan. Unless you're searching for a very specific one, of course.

Re:That's a lot of visitors (1)

francium de neobie (590783) | more than 3 years ago | (#36020508)

But you need to take the Shadowdancer prestige class to Hide in Plain Sight [d20srd.org] .

Re:That's a lot of visitors (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#36020872)

He had it. Why do you think it took the US so long to build that character?

Computers? (2)

aywang31 (2078102) | more than 3 years ago | (#36017734)

The military supposedly recovered a lot of digital information (hard drives, DVDs, flash drives, etc.) over there. I'm wondering how Osama reconciled the use of computers with his anti-Western beliefs (which I assume includes Western technology).

Re:Computers? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36017822)

I'm wondering how Osama reconciled the use of computers with his anti-Western beliefs

Maybe because like most extremists, his professed beliefs were convenient bullshit. See also: Republican Party, Teabaggers, Operation Rescue, etcetera

Re:Computers? (1, Insightful)

LordLimecat (1103839) | more than 3 years ago | (#36018898)

See also: Republican Party

How your post gets modded will say an awful lot about Slashdot, and its ability to deal with differing opinions in a rational way.

Re:Computers? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36019852)

You mean like how you apparently taking AC's lack of mention of democrats to indicate that democrats can do no wrong says an awful lot about you?

Or like how my presuming your post was about AC's lack of mention of democrats says an awful lot about me?

Re:Computers? (2)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 3 years ago | (#36019018)

I'm not really convinced in his case(or in that of a fair number of other extremists). Religions are full of charismatic con-men acting out L. Ron Hubbard's famous advice, and politics is larded with people whose 'principles' conveniently match their interests; but it is both the empirical fact that, and absolutely necessary to the success of the cynics that religions be full of genuine suckers ready to be milked dry, and politics have a supply of voters ready to line up and cheer lest the wrong pathological narcissist be awarded the right to reward his friends and owners out of their pockets.

In Osama's case, he abandoned a relatively straight shot into comfort and ease, born somewhere between third base and home plate, in order to take up the relatively risky and poorly paid cause of stirring up the distaste of the world's major powers. That seems like a rather illogical move, unless jihad is, in fact, a kind of extreme sport, in which the more adrenaline-dependent trust fundies recreationally engage...

Re:Computers? (4, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#36017852)

You may rest assured it was made in China, that's cool.

Re:Computers? (0)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 3 years ago | (#36018214)

The military supposedly recovered a lot of digital information (hard drives, DVDs, flash drives, etc.) over there. I'm wondering how Osama reconciled the use of computers with his anti-Western beliefs (which I assume includes Western technology).

Same way you reconcile your use of the same with your pro-democracy and anti-Communist beliefs (given most of this stuff is made in China), assuming you have such (of not, substitute "most westerners" for "you"). Also, feel free to substitute in beliefs about humane treatment of workers, or respect for the environment, and swap out the specific products to whatever else you use that's primarily made in third world nations.

Re:Computers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36018494)

Because someone believes in democracy they can't take part in the global economy? Westerners saying they desire to promote democracy does not mean they are saying they are boycotting those that do not. That's like saying because I'm Christian I refuse to talk to anyone who doesn't believe the same thing I do. While I'm sure there are people who are like that, such thinking undermines the entire process of sharing your beliefs in the hope that others might or might not choose to believe them as well. Similarly, if Westerners chose to isolate themselves and not deal with anyone else, how would they promote their beliefs?

Re:Computers? (2)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 3 years ago | (#36018744)

Wait, China is communist now? When did that happen?

Re:Computers? (3, Informative)

JWSmythe (446288) | more than 3 years ago | (#36018884)

    It's just an unsubstantiated rumor. Now move along before we have to send you to a re-education camp.

Re:Computers? (2)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 3 years ago | (#36020552)

They practice what they call "Communism with Chinese characteristics". Westerners know it as "Crony capitalism" or "what we are busy running headlong into".

Re:Computers? (2)

sqldr (838964) | more than 3 years ago | (#36019000)

his point does have some merit. muslims (particularly fundamentalist) strive to live like mohammed who was according to hadith "a most excellent character". This includes pass times, such as horse riding and archery which he actually did, as opposed to chess or (god forbid) listening to music. In his rhetoric, he regularly dismissed certain things like wearing jeans as "western".

Meanwhile, there is nothing in my views which says I can't be pragmatic about where the stuff I buy is made. Fundamentalist muslim doesn't know the meaning of pragmatism unless it involves killing infidels. Case in point, you must never lie.. unless it enables you to win the battle of the Trench, where he did exactly that to turn the confederation against each other.

I should really stop reading into this shit.

Re:Computers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36024670)

Living like Mohammed, "a most excellent character"? Does that include paedophilia?

Re:Computers? (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 3 years ago | (#36018894)

You would likely assume wrong. Now, as with many religious enthusiasts, he likely would have professed a disagreement with some of the social and psychological structures that are included in the aspects of western societies that helped produce those technologies and artifacts(compartmentalization is certainly doable, and many do it; but the structures of thought and society that characterize a contemporary global capitalism guided by a mixture of pragmatic empiricism and hedonic appetite are not... fully... compatible with those that any of the rather dusty and parochial Abrahamic monotheisms would hold up as historical ideals...)

However, comparatively few religious groups follow through their ideological disagreements to include a pruning of material culture(except with respect to taboos concerning uppity women and specific food items, about which virtually all can agree to be outraged, and particular stylistic conventions that serve largely as in-group/out-group signifiers). The Amish are sort of an interesting outlier, in that they specifically, and consciously, target for social pressure those technologies that they see as harmful to their social structures. Bin Laden and fellows, though, don't really attach taboos to specific western-derived artifacts, especially useful ones, they just don't much like the culture they are embedded in.

Re:Computers? (2)

LordLimecat (1103839) | more than 3 years ago | (#36018916)

Being against western beliefs doesnt mean that he was Amish; he simply believed that western culture and governments are "bad" (to put it mildly).

Re:Computers? (1)

greenbird (859670) | more than 3 years ago | (#36020162)

Being against western beliefs doesnt mean that he was Amish;

If that's the case they're gonna be really disappointed when they start going through all that data and all they find is porn.

Re:Computers? (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 3 years ago | (#36020592)

They call it "The intelligence community". Don't you think that, like any community, it probably has a creepy, lecherous old man somewhere who would patriotically volunteer to work days, nights, and weekends, with nothing but Ramen and lotion for sustenance, to crack the secret of what diabolical plans of terror could be hiding within the depths of 4.6GB of "Bad Burqa Babes: Ankle exposed! vol. 1-237" and 3.2GB of what looks alarmingly like palestinian-occupied-territories-produced amateur femdom/malesub with titles such as "Mossad Lesbians: Haraam Jewesses XXXposed"?

Re:Computers? (1)

mjwx (966435) | more than 3 years ago | (#36020676)

Being against western beliefs doesnt mean that he was Amish; he simply believed that western culture and governments are "bad" (to put it mildly).

In lay terms,

He could use western technology, software and firearms but could not listen to American music.

No wonder he amassed so many followers, some of them even saw American Idol.

Re:Computers? (1)

vk2sky (1463797) | more than 3 years ago | (#36019506)

I'm wondering how Osama reconciled the use of computers with his anti-Western beliefs (which I assume includes Western technology).

Same way he rationalised drinking Coke and Pepsi [smh.com.au] , I guess.

Re:Computers? (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 3 years ago | (#36019556)

his anti-Western beliefs (which I assume includes Western technology).

It doesn't.

For the same reason, Muslim insurgents use AKs and RPGs (developed by a God-defying atheist infidel regime, no less - worse than America!) rather than swords and bows.

Re:Computers? (1)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 3 years ago | (#36020678)

Oh, c'mon, about all of this "western technology" has been manufactured in Far East.

Mansion? (0)

zoomshorts (137587) | more than 3 years ago | (#36017830)

News sources are calling this 3 story hovel a mansion! Imagine selling it on HGTV's House Hunters International.
Much like most homes in third world countries, it is a far cry from a mansion. It is more like a flea bag flop house.
Who exactly , thinks this dump is a mansion? Is it some real estate idiot looking for a sale??

Re:Mansion? (5, Insightful)

perpenso (1613749) | more than 3 years ago | (#36018116)

Who exactly, thinks this dump is a mansion?

The millions who live nearby.

Street view? (1)

defaria (741527) | more than 3 years ago | (#36018082)

What no street view? No wonder he was so hard to find!

Which one? (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36018106)

The one that was getting all the "reviews" yesterday is apparently not bin Laden's compound, but a girl's school.

Re:Which one? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36019256)

Makes me suddenly want to go around Tokyo reviewing girl's schools on google.

3/5 with no phone or internet? (1)

perpenso (1613749) | more than 3 years ago | (#36018154)

How can you get 3/5 without phone or internet? Sure you can not put these distractions in the guest's room but the facility should offer these somewhere.

Street view (1)

phrostie (121428) | more than 3 years ago | (#36018460)

What, no street view?

And it's at least 50km . . . (1)

Elviswind (1959800) | more than 3 years ago | (#36018568)

. . . to the nearest Pizza Hut. I hope he tipped well.

Re:And it's at least 50km . . . (1)

JDeane (1402533) | more than 3 years ago | (#36019218)

Not sure about the tip but I would imagine the 30 minutes or less rule was out the window.... Unless they flew it in by chopper hmmmm

Re:And it's at least 50km . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36020248)

That's Dominos, moron.

Re:And it's at least 50km . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36020786)

Yeah!! Pizza Hut doesnt make any garuntees on freshness. Its put up and shut up with them! Idiot

Arrested Development. (1)

drhank1980 (1225872) | more than 3 years ago | (#36019136)

Props to whoever used the Arrested Development house image on their reviews, its what came up when I clicked it.

Re:Arrested Development. (1)

MrP- (45616) | more than 3 years ago | (#36019710)

LOL I just started watching this finally over the weekend (15 episodes in). I'm seeing references all over which makes me feel a little insane.

so funny. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36019320)

That is hilarious!.

Currently 911 reviews (1)

lamery (598414) | more than 3 years ago | (#36019624)

get it?

Playstation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36020664)

How awesome would it be if they found Osama because his PlayStation account was compromised.
I've got this image in my head of Osama sitting on a beanbag playing CoD and yelling obscenities into his headset...

something's missing (1)

Asaf.Zamir (1053470) | more than 3 years ago | (#36021470)

No Street View? Lame.

SOCOM 4 (1)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 3 years ago | (#36022454)

I'm just waiting for the "Osama Bin Laden's Compound" DLC.

Not quite (1)

Syberz (1170343) | more than 3 years ago | (#36022806)

As one of the "reviewers" pointed out, it's not in the Bilal section of Abbotabad, it's not on a dead end street and it doesn't have 12-18 foot high walls. So whoever's house that is, it wasn't Osama's last one.

American Idiots (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36022832)

You Americans are so easily duped.

1) OBL was never responsible for the things that happened on September 11, 2001.

2) OBL has died a long time ago... or 'died' more than once. Either way, both are more plausible than 'we got him! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!' chest thumping BS you see on the news.

3) Shoddy Photoshop job on OBL's corpse.. just like Obama's birth certificate.

4) Now you've won the 'war on terror', there's no longer a need for draconian security measures right? Patriot Act, airport body scanners, can't bring liquids on board flights. Riiiight.

"What good fortune for governments that the people do not think." - Adolf Hitler

Re:American Idiots (1)

bstender (1279452) | more than 3 years ago | (#36024894)

Not all US citizens are duped about this, you are observing the effects of a media monopoly. True many US citizens are looking no further than yourself, but sit with us for coffee sometime, you might be surprised to find signs of intelligent life. and you've got your own dim lemmings wherever you're from too i'd wager!

maybe it got good reviews, (1)

spacefem (443435) | more than 3 years ago | (#36023184)

but everyone agrees it takes forever to find the place.

subhumans (2, Insightful)

Tom (822) | more than 3 years ago | (#36023320)

Everyone who gloats about this in any way, including writing "funny" reviews, is somewhat less than human.

Not that I feel sorry or wish he'd still be alive. Snap out of that "black and white", "with us or against us" mindset you brainwashed drone.

I strongly believe the adequate reaction is a solemn acknowledgement of the fact that there is now one dangerous man left on the planet. Though how dangerous exactly he was in the past past years and for the future is a matter of debate, but we can ignore that.

But gloating? Happiness? Celebration? You're not an inch better than the muslims that celebrated 9/11.

Re:subhumans (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36023742)

Nah, you're either trolling or a profoundly stupid individual. He was a bastard, and the world is just a little bit brighter now that he's dead. If you can't celebrate the death of someone who brought that much disutility into the world, you need to reevaluate your morals. Killing him was a good thing, and solemnity here is for people who are dead inside, or who want to appear to be holier-than-thou.

Re:subhumans (1)

x6060 (672364) | more than 3 years ago | (#36024368)

I was taking you seriously until you said that everyone else is sub-human. Osama thought that everyone else is sub-human as well and figured it was fine and dandy to kill us "sub-humans". Your words really tell us much more than I think you wished to say. Congratulation on being far more narrow minded than those you accuse. Also, we are better than those muslims that celebrated 9/11. The people in the World Trade Center were innocent, Osama is far from innocent.

Re:subhumans (1)

stdarg (456557) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025378)

Whew, good thing you're not susceptible to "black and white" mindsets yourself.

Re:subhumans (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025476)

There were jokes when Gary Coleman died. There were jokes when Billy Mays died. There are always jokes when any figure with any notoriety dies, and if the person is a scumbag who murdered 3000 people with absolutely no provocation, then I don't have a problem with people cracking a few jokes at his expense.

Re:subhumans (1)

green_abishi (1184225) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025802)

I've seriously had enough of the small crowd of people, sitting atop their high horse, saying that no one should be celebrating anything here.

Someone was brought to justice for a terrible crime in which thousands of people died. That bin Laden resisted arrest and got himself killed is irrelevant. He needed to either be captured or killed, and he chose the latter by (apparently) resisting capture. What's being celebrated here is that justice has been done, and there is nothing wrong with it.

If you had the principles you seem to be accusing others of lacking, you would wish he were still alive, but perhaps captured. I myself don't care one way or the other so long as he is no longer capable of causing harm in the world.

Re:subhumans (1)

Tom (822) | more than 3 years ago | (#36035878)

I've seriously had enough of the small crowd of people, sitting atop their high horse, saying that no one should be celebrating anything here.

I can only repeat: "Snap out of the black-and-white thinking, you brainwashed drone".
The usage of the all-quantor is misleading or dishonest. Nobody is telling you to not celebrate anything.

However, I will point out that you celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden is on the same ethical level as him celebrating the 9/11 attacks.

What's being celebrated here is that justice has been done, and there is nothing wrong with it.

Revenge is being celebrated, not justice. Stop kidding yourself. Look at the snide comments. No, wait, I am wrong. It's not even revenge. You know what is being celebrated? Osama managed to hurt the US on their own turf, something that has never happened before (you fought all your wars after the revolution elsewhere except the one where you fought each other). He hurt your pride. He demolished the illusion of invulnerability. That pride is now restored, through revenge. That is what quite a lot of you celebrate. Just look closely.

If you had the principles you seem to be accusing others of lacking, you would wish he were still alive, but perhaps captured.

I don't care half as much as that. Frankly, I'm fairly sure that Osama himself hasn't been important for at least five years. There are other, more active terrorist masterminds now. Some of them thanks to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

But captured - yeah, why not? Dead - why not? You seem to mistake me for some kind of teethless hippie. I totally understand why he was killed and not imprisoned, though I think capture would have been the bigger victory. Then again, given what I expect of the USA these days, it would've been an even more horrible spectacle. One thing I know is that you definitely would not have brought him to the international court in the Hague.

Nah, dead is just as fine with me. I just don't think it's something to celebrate. Or do celebrate, but admit that you're not an inch better than the terrorists who celebrate your dead.

Re:subhumans (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36026198)

I'm pretty humans are the only species capable of this, so not gloating would be the subhuman thing to do.

Here's what really happened (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36023522)

http://www.infowars.com/top-us-government-insider-bin-laden-died-in-2001-911-a-false-flag/
http://www.prisonplanet.com/inside-sources-bin-ladens-corpse-has-been-on-ice-for-nearly-a-decade.html

If you do a little research, it quickly becomes apparent that the US government has proclaimed Osama to be dead no less than 9 times. Witnesses are now appearing that indicate that Osama has been dead for almost 10 years. This announcement is just a stunt to get Obama's tanking popularity back up in preparation for 2012.

Review (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36023556)

Rating: 1/5
PROS: Nice building with added security
CONS: a bit of a draft, did not like US commando raid.

Would not buy again

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