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David Quinn: Big events, big messages on a red-letter weekend

Published 06/05/2011 | 05:00

William and Kate, the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, walk hand in hand from Buckingham Palace in London the day after their wedding
William and Kate, the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, walk hand in hand from Buckingham Palace in London the day after their wedding

Last weekend was the most remarkable in a very long time. Three events took place that were each very different from one another, were eminently newsworthy, and were welcomed (mostly) by millions upon millions of people.

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One event was of political significance. The second was socially significant, while the third was religiously significant. But each carried a moral message of its own, even if one was highly ambiguous.

The most important event was the one that happened last, namely the killing of Osama bin Laden. There are a couple of ironies to be noted here. The first is that the information which led to Bin Laden's hideout, and was used by US President Barack Obama to order his killing, was obtained from Guantanamo Bay, which candidate Obama had sworn to close but in the end did not.

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