Have Your Say, 2001:
Can state assassinations be justified?
US President George Bush has told the CIA to find and destroy Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda terrorist network.
The president has given the agency the green light to do “whatever is necessary” – which could include an assassination attempt – and has given it £700 million in funding to carry out the mission.
The operation will include the CIA working with commandos and other military units to act immediately on intelligence uncovered by American spies about enemy targets.
Should the CIA have been given the go ahead to assassinate Bin Laden? Can such actions ever be justified?
Have Your Say, 2011:
BBC News website readers in Pakistan and Afghanistan have been sharing their views on the death of al-Qaeda’s founder and leader, Osama Bin Laden.
Osama Bin Laden evaded the forces of the US and its allies for almost a decade, despite a $25m bounty on his head.
UPDATE May 3: Der Spiegel asks the question the BBC has curiously stopped asking: