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Peace Activists Rally to Protest bin Laden Killing

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POSTED BY SEVEN DAYS FREELANCE REPORTER KEVIN J. KELLEY

Add this one to the “Only in Burlington” file:

Two veteran peace activists called a news conference on Friday to condemn the killing of Osama bin Laden as an act of “murder” on the part of the Obama administration. The shooting of the unarmed Al Qaeda leader constitutes an assassination that violates standards of international justice as well as the founding principles of the United States, declared Burlington attorney Sandy Baird and Peace and Justice Center cofounder Robin Lloyd.

The two women acknowledged that very few Americans will share their view that bin Laden should have been arrested and put on trial rather than being, in Baird's words, “summarily executed.” But it's wrong to sacrifice principle for the sake of popularity, Baird and Lloyd argued.

“We are the only voices that don't seem entirely gleeful about the assassination of Osama bin Laden,” Baird said, likening the reaction to the killing to “crowds cheering as though it were a sports event.” She criticized Vermont's three congressional representatives for praising the action carried out by a U.S. Special Forces Team on May 1.

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