What does one of the most highly-regarded spiritual leaders in the world think about the death of Osama bin Laden?
The Dalai Lama weighed in on the killing of bin Laden Tuesday while speaking at the University of Southern California. The Tibetan Buddhist leader seemed to imply that the United States was justified in taking out the al Qaeda leader. According to the Los Angeles Times, the 75-year-old leader said:
“Forgiveness doesn’t mean forget what happened… If something is serious and it is necessary to take counter-measures, you have to take counter-measures.”
The speech, entitled “Secular Ethics, Human Values and Society,” was given during the Dalai Lama’s first visit to the U.S. since stepping down as the daily political leader of the Tibetan government in exile. The Los Angeles Times reports that, while his views on bin Laden are making headlines, the speech was largely focused on spiritual matters.