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They have enough evidence...

... to prosecute Osama bin Laden in an American Court.

I'm interested in seeing what they think undisputedly links it all to him. But why should he be prosecuted as an American? Shouldn't he be tried internationally, by a UN Tribunal or something?


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ntang
Sep. 21st, 2001 04:51 pm (UTC)
Frankly I think it's gone past that at this point - with all of these declarations of war and with so many people out for blood, I think it's too late to try that. I thought he should have been tried in the international courts earlier, but now...

What I would prefer to see, though, is to have GW rescind the executive order banning assassinations and to assemble a group of seals/green berets, collect a list of 10 or 20 targets, and go in and kill them all. It seems to me if you cut the head off this snake, while yes, it will render them as martyrs, it will also take away the people that have been organizing, training, and motivating them, and will probably take away a lot of the effectiveness of the group.

I'd rather see a few dozen people killed than a few hundred or thousand (as I'm sure a war would lead to) - especially since a few elite troops could easily prevent killing massive numbers of innocent people.

I doubt the terrorists will sit in their living rooms watching the tanks and planes and troops approach on CNN, their knees quaking - they'll hightail it out of there to safer areas. All an army will accomplish is to further demolish and demoralize an already demolished and demoralized country and her (mostly) innocent citizens. That's stupid.

There's a time for brute force and a time for surgical precision; when you're dealing with something like this I think surgical precision will be more effective and much kinder to the people of Afghanistan than brute force. But what do I know?
bride
Sep. 21st, 2001 04:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Rescinding the Assasination Ban

Yeah, I'm thinking this is the way to go. I'm thinking it's a larger list than 10 or 20 though.

I also think they need to help Afghanistan overturn Taliban rule. I saw an article that I'm trying to verify the authorship, but I'll post it in my main journal. It's written by Kent Madin and it's along the lines of what I've been thinking.
xinit
Sep. 22nd, 2001 11:46 am (UTC)
What's really sad about all of this is that they will be able to find a jury of 12 people that DON'T KNOW that the WTC is gone. That well informed American public that somehow missed the 24x7 coverage on TV and newspapers.
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