Monday, 2 May 2011

Osama bin Laden

President Obama has declared, on the killing of Osama bin Laden, that "Justice has been done". But I thought that Justice followed a trial and that, before a man were arrested, tried and maybe executed, that he should first be identified. There is an allegation that Osama used a woman as a human shield (part of me is inclined, without more, to think "They would say that, wouldn't they?") - but who actually shot her?!

Even the worst of the Nazis were given trials.

What about territorial jurisdiction; international law and the law of extradition? Moreover, I have it from a research chemists that, in siege situations, it should normally be possibly to use chemicals to disable the targets for long enough to capture them.

Where is the 'civilized' world heading with this new attitude and God alone knows what the consequnces of this will be, in terms of reprisals: and, for every Osama, there will, probably, now be ten. It is also ironic that spokesmen for the USA administration said that Osama's body was being treated in accordance with Islamic tradition as this was "important" to his killers. What the dickens is this supposed to mean, please?

Don't get me wrong, I do not support extremism or terrorism but if terrorists tempt the civilized world to decline from civilized standards, the terrorists win an important victory. This kind of exercise and consequential 'celebrations' in the streets suggest to me that the terrorists are, actually, scoring points.

Beware Mr President.

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