Dalai Lama Says Bin Laden is Worthy of Forgiveness, Bullets

We'll never know for certain what Martin Luther King, Jr. would have said about the killing of Osama bin Laden — but luckily, we still have the 14th Dalai Lama to turn to for spiritually elevated words of pacifism and tolerance in these rootin' tootin' times. So what are those words? Well, that Bin Laden kind of had it coming.

Delivering a lecture titled, "Secular Ethics, Human Values and Society" to 3000 students at USC on Tuesday, the leader of Tibetan Buddhism said that while Bin Laden was worthy of compassion and perhaps even forgiveness, sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do.

"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."

There's your quote! Now you can get to mangling it until it fits in comfortably with your sanctimonious world view, surround it with gifs of teddy bears and daisies, and add it to your Facebook page or family e-newsletter. [LAT, photo via Getty]