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'Osama's death didn't quench Americans desire for revenge'

Washington: The killing of Al Qaeda terrorist Osama bin Laden did not fully quench Americans' desire for revenge. Instead, according to research, US citizens have a stronger desire to take further revenge against those who

IANS [ Updated: April 29, 2014 16:46 IST ]
osama s death didn t quench americans desire for revenge
osama s death didn t quench americans desire for revenge
Washington: The killing of Al Qaeda terrorist Osama bin Laden did not fully quench Americans' desire for revenge. Instead, according to research, US citizens have a stronger desire to take further revenge against those who were responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

As the third anniversary of bin Laden's death falls May 2, a team of social psychology researchers has questioned whether this instance of vicarious revenge led to feelings of satisfaction and re-established justice within the American public - including whether bin Laden's assassination ignited craving for more revenge.

Vicarious revenge, where the need for justice is felt not by the victims, but by people in the same group, has been shown to feel similar to personal revenge.

Mario Gollwitzer of Philipps University of Marburg developed two studies designed to test the notion “that Americans' vengeful desires in the aftermath of 9/11 predicted a sense of justice achieved after bin Laden's death…”

The data suggest that those Americans who believed that bin Laden's assassination sent a message to the perpetrators (“Don't mess with us”) were also the ones who thought that his death balanced the scales of justice.

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