The president’s decision to withhold photographs of the dead Osama bin Laden is only the last in a series of terrible mistakes in the handling of his body.
Bassiouni stressed that any “extrajudicial execution of an unarmed person is in violation of international law.”
“It’s not justice. It’s a perversion of the term. Justice means taking someone to court, finding them guilty upon evidence and sentencing them,” Robertson told Australian Broadcasting Corp. television from London.
How the wheel of history has turned? Instead we have extra-legal murder squads, concentration camps, torture of suspects, wilful disregard for legal sovereignty. No one will shed tears for Bin Laden or for Gaddafi, but if the rule of law was good enough for the Nazi leadership, responsible for the greatest mass murders in history, it must be good enough for our current conflicts. .. / / ..I for one struggle to understand on what basis the US can attack and kill a person in another sovereign state.
“The last thing to go through Bin Laden’s mind: A 9mm NATO round from a HK MP5”.
I don’t buy their official story. Let me get this straight. The most wanted enemy of the United States was killed in a firefight and the body was unceremoniously dumped into the sea before any independent source could verify its authenticity. All of the sudden, the US which wages war and routinely tortures brown people to justify their criminal operations against humanity overseas is vested in following proper burial protocol for the most wanted man in the world. They were content with a photo id. Right.
What I found disheartening wasn’t Obama’s unpersuasive, but predictable propaganda, all to defend shooting down the unarmed bin Laden: “we are safer because he’s dead” and “justice has been done.” Do you feel safer? Is justice achieved by commando bullets, or trial? Now we are relieved to know White House assassination programs freely cover both citizens and foreigners. No, what offended Monday was Obama’s sustained, Bush-like deceptions, such as, “The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda.” Really, are they instantly defeated in dozens of countries?
Justification is not Justice. Peace, dignity, security, values, prosperity, and God are all very well in their place, but not when justifying a political assassination. Killing defenseless suspects without trial is never about peace or dignity but the brute force of arms. True security is about real borders, not taking out sick, old men past their prime. If God blesses this version of injustice, then he’s a suspect deity, in my backward moral and legal system.