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Angela Merkel's 'middle ages' response to bin Laden news

The Christian Science Monitor reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel's recent statement that she was "pleased that we managed to kill bin Laden" has provoked some pretty strong reactions from other political leaders, even within her own party:

“These are revenge fantasies one shouldn’t indulge in. That’s the Middle Ages,” said Siegfried Kauder, a member of Merkel’s Christian Democrats and chairman of the parliament’s legal affairs committee.

The deputy floor leader of the Christian Democrats, Ingrid Fischbach, called it inappropriate for a Christian to express joy at a premeditated killing of a fellow human. And Hartfried Wolff, legal spokesman for the Free Democrats, Merkel’s coalition partners in government, agreed: “I just cannot take any joy out of someone else’s death.”

Those are her political friends. Her foes want her to explain her comments in parliament and the Green politician Katrin Goering-Eckhardt, vice president of the Bundestag, said: “Killing a person is no reason to celebrate.”

Unless there's a video somewhere of Merkel shooting off a pistol while driving donuts on an ATV, this response seems just a little bit over the top. 

LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images

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FP's bin Laden Coverage

It's been quite a week here at FP. Here's a quick guide to all the articles we've posted in response to bin Laden's death:

Features:

Don't get cocky America: Al Qaeda is still deadly without Osama bin Laden - By Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Osama's dead, but how much does it matter? An FP roundtable on the afterlife of the world's most wanted man

Osama bin Who? A decades of denials and downplaying from Pakistani leaders. - By Charles Homans, Joshua Keating and David Kenner

Abottabad: Bin Laden's final home Osama couldn't have picked a more unlikely place to hide out - By Cameron Abadi

We Told You So India cackles of the news of bin Laden's death in Pakistan- By Henry Foy

The Lies They Tell Us Can the Pakistani government's web of deceit survive the death of Osama bin Laden? - By Mosharraf Zaidi

Spinning Osama One thing is clear from the wildly divergent arguments about what comes next after the al Qaeda leader's killing: You can find a pundit willing to say anything - By Blake Hounshell

Think Again: Al Qaeda The world's most notorious terrorist organization was never quite what Americans thought it was -- and Osama bin Laden's death doesn't mean it's down for the count - Daniel Byman

Wanted: Charismatic Terror Mastermind. Some Travel Required  How will al Qaeda pick its new leader? - By Leah Farrall

Kill Teams A short history of state-ordered hits in foreign lands - By Joshua Keating

Tortured Logic The United States didn't need to waterboard anyone to get Osama bin Laden - By Matthew Alexander


 

Photos:

Slide Show: Osama the Icon The global cult of the terrorist mastermind

Manhunt A visual history of the search for Osama bin Laden

Killer Seals A rare behind the scenes glimpse at the nation's most elite military unit

The Killer's Lair Scenes from Osama bin Laden's hideout

War Dog There's a reason they brought one to get Osama bin Laden - By Rebecca Frankel

 

The AfPak Channel:

Pakistan Caught in a Web of Lies - By Arif Rafiq

What Does This Mean for Afghanistan's Longest Ever War? - By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

The Legacy of the War on Terror - Matthieu Atkins

The Future of the U.S. Pakistan Relationship - By Shuja Nawaz

The Internet Jihadis React - By Aaron Zelin

Osama Was the Least of Pakistan's Problems - By Madiha Sattar

The U.S. and Pakistan Are Still Stuck With Each Other - By Lisa Curtis

Business as Usual Won't Do in Afghanistan and Pakistan - By Brian Katulis

The U.S. Shouldn't Hold Pakistan's Military Against its Civilians - By C. Christine Fair

In Pakistan, Many Questions and Few Answers - By Shaheryar Mirza

Abottabad and International Law - By Mary Ellen O'Connell

Why Obama Chose Seals Not Drones - By Gregory S. MacNeal

Salvaging the U.S.-Pakistani Relationship - By Huma Yusuf

Pakistan's Investigation - By Mark Schneider 

What Now for Afghan Reconciliation? - By Michael Wahid Hanna

Inside the Pakistan Taliban - By Daud Khattak

Pakistan's Militant Milieu - By Stephen Tankel

 

The Blogs:

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Was killing bin Laden legal? 

After truthers and birthers, deathers?

Great moments in baseless bin Laden speculation: Stephonopolous vs. Ahmadinejad

Uzbekistan, North Korea ignore bin Laden news 

Why were we so sure bin Laden was on dialysis?

Buried bin Laden boffo for book business!

 

The Cable

The timeline of the mission to kill bin Laden

Pakistan ambassador: Missing bin Laden was either "incompetence" or overconfidence"

Clinton: Taliban more likely to negotiate after bin Laden's death

Congress preparing options to cut Pakistani aid

Newly released docs show over a decade of U.S. frustration with Pakistan over bin Laden

 

David Rothkopf

Bin Laden: In death as in life, much smaller than meets the eye

The death of Osama changes little... but what it may change is ominous

Sorting through the moral and ethical confusion surrounding the Osama mission

Will Obama's most Bush-like moment free the true Obama?

Winners and losers of the week Osama died

 

Stephen Walt

What bin Laden's death really means

Did the United States murder bin Laden?

Was catching bin Laden worth the money?

 

Shadow Government

A day to remember that the work is not over - By Peter Feaver

On Osama bin Laden - By Kori Schake

Ding dong the witch is dead! Now what? - By Mary Habeck

Beyond bin Laden -  By Thomas Mahnken

A moment of pride - By Will Inboden

Tracing the path to Abottabad - By Paul Miller

 

Steve Levine

Declare victory, wind down the war, and return to real interests

Was it necessary to kill bin Laden?

 

Best Defense

U.S. relations with Pakistan: Heading south so fast it's not funny - By Tom Ricks

Yes, be angry with Pakistan, but don't go nuts - By Hilary Synott 

 

Daniel Drezner:Why killing bin Laden is a big F***ing deal

 

Marc Lynch: Bin Laden's quiet end