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. Ripley, believe it! Or dont!

    No thats how YOU sound. Do you have split personality syndrome or something? It was you who said we should detain his wives and kids to utilize these extra prisons. Oh and yea waterboard em too! Got news for ya, they aint in our country for us TO detain!

    April 27, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    Ok. They weren't invited to the US. My bad. Because when you invite someone into your home, you are obligated to look-after their needs and to protect and shelter them. Sure. If they break the rules of the house, you give them the boot. But that doesn't change our obligation to help foreign peoples who suffer.

    April 27, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ripley, believe it! Or dont!

    Philip, the WHOLE FREE NATION knows, mostly because YOU recite it every l5 mins on EVERY topic! You are OBSESSED with it! Everything in life does not revolve arount your BUSH and CARLYLE info.

    April 27, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ripley, believe it! Or dont!

    Well banasy, i can think of one asylum thats needed? And the perfect candidate for it.

    April 27, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. raven

    Not to sound obtuse, but why are they even ASKING? I mean they weren't deported here.

    April 27, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    Now, there have been some examples down through the decades of when Lady Liberty didn't live-up to her obligations. A classic example is when, right before WW2 began, the German government sent out a proclamation to all German citizens who were of the Jewish faith. They would be allowed to leave Germany, but only if they declared all of their valuables at the border. Most Jews stayed in Germany, stashing their valuables in the walls of their homes and whatnot. But about a dozen ships full of german Jews did depart Germany and sailed to America where they were promply rejected. Not even Switzerland would take them in. So they had to go back to Nazi Germany just in time to see the war up-close and personal. Lady Libery got a little blood on her 'bring me your tempest-lost' hands. Not as much blood as Jew Bank Chase Manhattan who loaned Hitler cash years into the war.

    April 27, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Did I miss something in this story ? (what there was of it anyway) The story said said they were being deported to Sausdi Arabia. Where and how did this become a blog about asylum, waterboarding, extra prisons and whatever else.
    And to answer the question that was asked, "How should we hand bin lades widows and daughters ?"
    We shouldn't handle them at all. They are a product of the ME and should be dealt with in that capacity. JOMO

    April 27, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    ...or Debeers. Who wouldn't even sell the USA machine quality diamonds FDR had ordered so that the USA could rapidly built-up the military as fast as Germany had been doing underground with an unlimited supply of Oppenheimer diamonds. Without diamonds, it takes forever to build a war machine. Debeers rejecting FDR's order set the USA's military buildup back at least a year.

    April 27, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. raven

    @ bobcat: oh good. Its not just me. I asked the same thing as you.

    April 27, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. USA Time Magazines 'Man of the Year'

    Adolph freaking Hitler. He was even nominated for the freaking Nobel Peace Prize. Americans and Brit's LOVED doing business with the Nazis both before and during WWII. US Congress actually had to pass the 'Trading with the Enemy Act' to even get them to slow down! Only one man continued on past the 2 year deadline allowed for trading with the enemy, fmr. President Bush(s) grandfather Prescott Bush. (he kinda looks like the youngest Bush brother, retarded Marvin Bush, whose Securam corp. was in charge of Trade Tower security up until 9/12 when they dissolved their corporation that also had contracts with ea. of the other key 9/11 installations: Boston -Logan, Dulles Airfield, and the Pentagon. Your neighborhood burns down and the security contractor closed his doors the next day...never being questioned...nary an eyebrow raised..

    April 27, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ripley, believe it! Or dont!

    Bobcat, youre a sight for sore eyes! Lol thank you. And im pretty sure you know the answer to that question. I believe we are at chapters 49 and 50 of that novel. Anyway, got any more jokes?

    April 27, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. GITMO

    @bobcat. What did you want us to do with the ME's we had and have? Send them back to the ME for interrogation?

    April 27, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ripley, believe it! Or dont!

    lmao raven everyone except Mr OCD has said that very same thing!

    April 27, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    Oh. I was wondering what Bush/Congress had in mind funding the building of an extra 160 prisons. Thanks, bobcat. It's all clear now.

    April 27, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ripley, believe it! Or dont!

    lol bobcat. That wasnt the kind of joke i was lookin for. @ GITMO, how bout we give em to philip, he could do all that mumbo jumbo talkin he does, and drive em insane. If they know ANYTHING theyll spill the beans just to shut him up!

    April 27, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
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