April 27th, 2012
06:25 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: How should we handle widows, daughters of bin Laden?

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Fourteen members of Osama bin Laden's family were deported to Saudi Arabia from Pakistan on Friday, less than a week ahead of the first anniversary of his death at the hands of U.S. commandos. Our readers are debating whether this was the appropriate action, and whether those associated with bin Laden should be adversely affected in turn.

Deported bin Laden widows, daughters go to Saudi Arabia

Some said they felt the bin Laden family is being treated too kindly. This was the most-liked comment.

cooldude2011: "The article says bin Laden and family lived in Pakistan for eight years with the help of Pakistanis who arranged 'everything' for them. Pakistan provides an 'all-inclusive' resort-like package deal to all kinds of terrorists as long as they pay them."

Then there were those who said others should not pay a price for bin Laden's issues.

Bobby62: "So what? These women are not responsible for bin Laden's actions. Being married to him was a big enough punishment as far as I am concerned."

But then, there are different definitions of punishment.

1Courageous: "Wives and daughters got deported from Pakistan? Can someone explain to me how this is a punishment?"

Some compared the issue to illegal immigration, like in this comment from one reader.

"They were deported from Pakistan because they were living there illegally. Many persons in our world live illegally in various countries. That does not make them bad people or terrorists. Wishing them a good future as there is no proof of serious wrongdoing especially when it come to the kids."

What's your take on this issue? Share your opinion in the comments area below and in the latest stories on CNN.com. Or sound off on video via CNN iReport.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

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  1. Tom

    I say kill them all so they can't make little terrorists. The only way to win this war on terrorism is to destroy the ideology of the enemy. The only way to do that is to totally eliminate the enemy the American people don't have the stomach for that. So settle in its going to be a long war. Your great great great great great grandchildren will be discussing the same topic.

    April 28, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Adonai

    Art of Conversation: most of the posts were written by one person, using multiple names. The purpose of his posts are unknown, unless he is using CNN to serve as his own personal diary. There will be no conversation, as he is mailnly talking to himself. This is not an unusual phenomena here.

    April 29, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Adonai

    Art: There is not much dialogue that can happen on the weekend. There are too many truly spiteful troll and hikackers trying to divide and cause hard feelings, and they follow every poster around. Add to that the filibuster posters who deride any opinion given, and it doesn't make for a good experience. However, most of the people here have been blogging here for years, and those people will wait the bad seeds out. If the purpose of your post is to try to make people move to another blog site, it will not happen.

    April 29, 2012 at 1:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Adonai

    Art: I would have to say that these kind of blogs absolutely do not reflect what American people are actually like; on the "This Just In" blog, there tend to be people who will say anything to shock and debase the opinions of others. It is a sad thing that some people here do not actually want to state an opinion because they will be ridiculed for that opinion. There are some very mean-spirited people here, as I suspect there are in every country; because we have the freedon to speak, some people speak with very little thought as to what is being conveyed. There are other CNN blogs that reflect a wider variety of views: try "The Political Ticker" for political views or "Belief Blog" for religious ones.
    I am tired, so I am done for the night. Good luck with what you seek.

    April 29, 2012 at 1:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Tom

    To Adonai and Art I do live in the US (Indiana to be exact) most of us in the mid west just want to live in peace and do the right thing. It seems to me that alot of Americans are waiting to see what the majority of dumb ones are doing and saying and then play follow the leader. Most Americans say things they think are politically correct reguardless what they really think. We seem to have alot of phonies among us.

    April 29, 2012 at 1:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. ron

    @ Tom: true...sad, but true! Hi from Lafayette, In.

    April 29, 2012 at 6:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. JerseyJeff

    They aren't of direct American concern but rather of the Kingdom and I have every confidence the Saudi's will not let these women and children be a mouthpiece for terrorism, if they're lucky enough to stay out of a Saudi prison.

    April 29, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Tom

    To Art: I am often condemned for telling it the way I see it. People don't want to hear the truth because it might offend someone. I feel everyone has the right to be offend. The Americans are lied to daily by the politicians and media and they are eating it up. We are so brainwashed into being a democrat or republican we can't see the truth, neither represent the working people of our country. American voters are easily swayed by the media and political correctness. Ron hello from Kokomo.

    April 29, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. goodgravy

    I'm gonna take a GOP stance on this .... "Let them die."

    April 29, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. mickey1313

    Why should we (Americans) care one way or another about obl wives. As long as they don't come here as "refugees"

    April 29, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Don

    It is a shame we weren't able to capture them. If they cause trouble, I'm sure they won't have long to cause more.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
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