European Press Condemns Obama's 'License to Kill'

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The death of Osama bin Laden has been viewed as good news in most nations around the world. But some members of the European media and political establishment are upset over the killing of the al Qaeda leader.

While the news was met positively within most quarters in Europe, in Brussels, members of the European Union press corps wanted know why the European Union was not condemning what one reporter called the "extrajudicial assassination" of bin Laden by U.S. Navy SEALs.

One German headline described the U.S. raid as "Obama's License to Kill." The assassination theme was echoed in France's respected "Le Monde" newspaper.

Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt said the killing of bin Laden was "clearly a violation of international law." 

Current German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been criticized for sounding too pleased when she announced that bin Laden had been killed.

Many Europeans who have never been fond of America's patriotism or willingness to use deadly force, were less than pleased with news footage showing Americans celebrating the death of the terrorist leader.

The German state-run television network Deutsche Welle said "many Germans have felt some distaste at the flag-waving, raucous U.S. reaction to bin Laden's death."

The European media has speculated that President Obama, who had been very popular in region because he was viewed as the opposite of former President George W. Bush, has now lost some of his luster. 

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Dale Hurd

Dale Hurd

CBN News Sr. Reporter

A CBN News veteran, Dale Hurd has reported extensively from Western Europe, as well as China, Russia, and Central and South America.  Since 9/11, Dale has reported in depth on various aspects of the global war on terror in the United States and Europe.  Follow Dale on Twitter @HurdontheWeb and "like" him at