This (below) was sent as a Letter to the Editor. It is very likely that any view other than celebration will not be tolerated (herd mentality), let alone accepted. I hope you can help me promote a view that killing, whether assassination or not, is not a form of justice.
May 2, 2011
To the editor:
Altho many in this country and around the world are celebrating the death of Osama Bin Laden, I am not.
While we claim to be guided by the “rule of law,” the US engages in targeted assassinations, not just for Bin Laden but for others considered to be our enemies. What ever happened to trial by jury? Why would the world respect the US when we kill our opponents rather than subjecting them to any justice system.
It’s hard to believe that Special Forces soldiers could not have wounded Bin Laden and then brought him to justice. It’s hard to confirm that the person killed is, in fact, Osama Bin Laden, despite claims that the DNA are matched, because he was buried at sea.
I heard a radio broadcaster describe Bin Laden, until his death, as the greatest living mass murderer in the world. But if Bin Laden was responsible for 3,000 US deaths, or even many more if all deaths caused by Al Qaeda are included, what about the thousands who have died as a result of Gadhafi’s attacks against his own people in Libya? What about the hundreds of thousands who died because of policies by Sudan president Omar al-Bashir against the people of Darfur, or George W. Bush’s wars that may have cost over a million lives in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan?
It’s time to follow the “rule of law” by bringing all these mass murders to justice instead of killing them or allowing them to run free.
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