The killing of Osama bin Laden has been criticised by the Archbishop of Canterbury who says that the shooting of an unarmed man can never be seen as justice.
Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams said the shooting of bin Laden by Navy Seals on Monday morning had made him “very uncomfortable.”
Williams continued that the muddled accounts of bin Laden’s death coming from the US have not helped.
Speaking at a press conference, the Archbishop told the Daily Telegraph: “The killing of an unarmed man is always going to leave a very uncomfortable feeling because it does not look as if justice is seen to be done.”
Bin Laden was apparently shot in his home in Pakistan on Monday. The US initially claimed that the al Qaeda boss had used his wife as a “human shield”. It was also implied that bin Laden had been armed with a gun.
However both stories proved to be untrue. The woman in question was not used as a human shield and is currently in custody. The US has admitted that bin Laden was unarmed.
The archbishop’s comments follow from criticism coming from the US that Europe’s reaction to the news of bin Laden’s death has been too muted.
In the US, there have been scenes of jubilation as Americans took to the streets celebrating the news of bin Laden’s death.
The Archbishop of Canterbury was not the first person to voice his unease.
Yesterday, the Bishop of Winchester described the killing of Bin Laden as “an act of vengeance” rather than justice.
Meanwhile, outspoken former London Mayor Ken Livingstone said the killing of Osama bin Laden made US President Barack Obama “look like some sort of mobster.”
“We should have captured him and put him on trial,” Livingstone said. “It’s a simple point – are we gangsters or a Western democracy based on the rule of law? This undermines any commitment to democracy and trial by jury and makes Obama look like some sort of mobster.”