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Perhaps we should still try Osama

When the announcement was first made that Osama Bin Laden was killed on 1 May 2011, the public was informed that he was killed in a gun fight with American Special Forces. The idea being that if he hadn’t resisted American forces would have captured him and brought him back to the United States to stand trial. We can use Saddam Hussein as an example of how if someone doesn’t resist they get captured. Since then it has been announced that while there was some small arms fire by the time the SEAL team made it to Osama bed room, Osama wasn’t armed but that he was shot dead lunging for a weapon.

Perhaps I hold special forces teams on too high a pedistal, but I would think that they would be able to shoot to wound in a situation like that. On the other hand, if I was there and had a gun pointed at a mass murder and saw him so much as sneeze, there’d be a hail of bullets coming out of the other end of my weapon.

So part of me wishes that that SEAL team could have captured and brought Osama back for trial. But then I wonder, what would be the point? I certainly hope that the American legal system is robust enough to be able to convict Osama Bin Laden to the death penalty. So if it were a predetermined outcome that should justice prevail that he would get exectued, why not do it when we capture him and get it over with? On the other hand there have been plenty of instances where western justice as brought people into trials where the predetermined outcome was execution. The WWII war crime trials for instance. One of the purposes of those trials was to reveal to the world how bad those people were though. We know pretty well exactly what Osama has done, and what he’s been up to, so I don’t think that a trial would have helped much there.

Either way, he’s dead now. Should we still hold a public trial (of sorts), just to go through the process of revealing exactly all of his wrong doings? I could see there being possible benefit to that. Or, for the same benefit, in a decade or so, the US government could unclassify all of the information that they have about him and make the information public. Or if the won’t, hopefully Wikileaks will.

Categories: News and politics
  1. May 6, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Rules, law only applys to a limited range, they are still controlled by human being (even maybe in developed country, the threshold can be higher). Above those, it is philosophy(the way of looking at stuff), those basically forms a human being or a nation’s behavior. Can total logistic thinking reach perfect consentment and round up to itself, I tend to doubt that…

    • May 6, 2011 at 10:39 am

      Another explaination is US today is just as inconfident as I am. 🙂

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