- The Washington Times - Monday, May 2, 2011

Iranian officials reacted to the death of Osama bin Laden with a mix of political spin and conspiratorial thinking.

“We hope that this development will end war, conflict, unrest and the death of innocent people, and help to establish peace and tranquility in the region,” foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said in a statement.

“This development clearly shows that there is no need for a major military deployment to counter one individual.”

About two dozen Navy SEAL commandos killed bin Laden on Sunday at a compound north of the Pakistan capital, Islamabad.

Mr. Mehmanparast added, “Iran, as one of the main victims of terrorism, strongly condemns any act of terror in the world including organized terrorism in the Zionist regime [of Israel].”

One Iranian lawmaker, Javad Jahangirzadeh, said the United States killed bin Laden “to prevent possible leakage of the priceless intelligence that he had.”

“How could a terrorist hide himself from intelligence sources … and intelligence services cooperating with the West?” the Iranian lawmaker asked.

“Naturally the West was satisfied with bin Laden’s performance over the past years, and today — as they believed their project had been completed and so to prevent the leaking of valuable information — they were forced to kill him,” he said.

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