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Most Americans Now Believe It's Wrong to Celebrate Osama's Death

If you thought the midnight "Osama's dead" party in front of the White House was gross, don't worry, you're not alone.


When we questioned the wisdom of the nationwide parties following Osama bin Laden's killing two weeks ago, some readers called us "absurd," "insulting," and "disgraceful." Today, however, it looks as if the drunken revelers are in the minority.

According to a survey released yesterday by the Public Religion Research Institute, a little more than six in 10 Americans believe "it is wrong to celebrate the death of another human being, no matter how bad that person was." The survey also found that the vast majority of Americans—82 percent—think Bin Laden corrupted the teachings of Islam to serve his own purposes, lending credence to the argument that, despite appearances sometimes, most people can be altogether rational.

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Osama's Daughter Says He Was Arrested Then Executed in Front of Her

As the White House clams up, Osama's family is telling their side of the story.

The White House said Wednesday that it will go into no further detail about the covert operation that killed Osama bin Laden, an operation whose narrative has been changed several times in various important ways (all of which you can read about here). But that doesn't mean other people are going to stop talking about it, and Bin Laden's 12-year-old daughter, Safia, reportedly has a lot to say.

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A Continually Updated List of How the Administration Says Bin Laden Died

The story of how Osama met his end has changed a lot over the past few days. Here's a rundown of the inconsistencies thus far.

In the days since a CIA-led mission (codename: Operation Neptune Spear) killed Osama bin Laden, the official Obama administration narrative of exactly how Bin Laden died has changed quite drastically. There's been talk of firefights, human shields, and capture-and-kill missions, much of which has been contradicted over the course of just 72 hours. Here's our rundown of what the official story has been on each dayand how it's changed. We'll update this as often new information warrants it.

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Surprise: Osama Loved American Soda

Though he supposedly hated America and drugs, new evidence suggests bin Laden may have partaken in both.

One of the stranger details to trickle out of Osama bin Laden's former Pakistani compound has to be this: The brutal terrorist whom for decades dedicated himself to the destruction of America nevertheless had a weakness for two of America's biggest soft drink brands.

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Generation WTF?: Thousands of Teenagers Ask, "Who Is Osama?"

In the wake of the terrorist's assassination, Generation 9/11 reveals that it's not very clued in about international politics.

The photo above is of President Bush's face the moment he received word of the 9/11 attacks. Bush was in Florida reading The Pet Goat to a group of second-grade children when the planes hit the towers, meaning a classroom of seven and eight year-old kids was witness to one of the most important moments in American political history. Those kids might want to shake some sense into the rest of their generation, which yesterday turned en masse to the internet and asked, "Who is Osama bin Laden?"

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When You "Piss on Osama's Grave," You Make America Unexceptional

Since when is it a national ideal to have parties in the streets when we slaughter people?


Last summer, at a gun range in Honolulu, a friend and I chose the most ridiculous and jingoistic target the place had: Bin Laden's stoic face Photoshopped poorly onto the menacing body of a machine gun-toting white man. A couple of relatively liberal city slickers, we posed for a picture next to our bullet-riddled targets, which we thought were kitschy and, yes, ironic. Nine months later, long after I'd forgotten about shooting wildly at his effigy with an AK-47, bin Laden is dead.

Based on the gleeful smile I have in that shooting range photo, you might think I'd be shouting patriotic bromides in the streets, as other Americans have been doing since late last night in cities around the United States. I actually don't feel like doing anything of the sort, and I don't think I'm the only one.

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