Skip to comments.Opinion: Bin Laden assassinated not martyred (Does this make the rookie Hussein a war criminal?)
Posted on 05/03/2011 4:26:53 AM PDT by Libloather
Opinion: Bin Laden assassinated not martyred
By Parag Khanna, Special to CNN
May 2, 2011 12:34 p.m. EDT
In the decade since 9/11, many senior al Qaeda leaders and operatives have been killed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere, yet still all of these countries remain fragile at best and collapsed at worst.
For Osama bin Laden's assassination to become a turning point rather than a Pyrrhic victory, the narrative of the event must be dramatically shifted away from rhetorical overtones about a "war of ideas" or "struggle for soul of Islam" towards a more neutral and universal appeal to a global rule of law.
President Obama set the right tone with his statement on Sunday evening that the "United States is not -- and never will be -- at war with Islam. ... Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader. He was a mass murderer of Muslims." For his criminal atrocities, bin Laden was assassinated, not martyred.
That it was American counterterrorism operatives who conducted the assassination on the sovereign soil of a foreign country is an even more important marker. Many see the assassination of rogue individuals as a violation of sovereign immunity and even "playing God," a right that no nation can arrogate to itself. This is false. It is a powerful symbol of our collective evolution that individual perpetrators are targeted for their crimes rather than entire societies punished in wars.
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Someone needs to alert those whores on The View that they were calling President Bush a thug and criminal for the very actions that garnered the intelligence for the military to find bin laden and obama to take the credit for his kill.
So what happens when a foreign government kills one of our congressman or senators that they don’t like?
The Bin Laden kill for all it’s symbolism and “justice” sets us on a slippery slope of international “justice” and weakened sovereignty. If we can cross any border and openly kill people at will, what stops others from returning the favor?
We are permitted to “capture” enemy combatants and criminals and deliver their person to trial.
We are permitted the lawful mechanism for legitimate law enforcement or military personnel to execute the use of deadly force if the target party resists with such deadly force as to threaten the life of those enforcing legitimate rule of law.
It sounds complicated, but it is in fact a very simple thing.
It is illegal for any American government apparatus to assassinate in a premeditated manner.
I dont consider it an assassination but a kill. He was not a political leader but a paramilitary commander. It hasnt been uncommon to target military leaders, command and control has long been a legitimate target.
I believe that law was changed a few years back.
Isn't that what bin Laden's people have been doing to us for the last 10+ years?
We’re in a war.
Smell the java.
Your analogy is not congruent with the situation.
At what point does assination actually become execution.
The execution of a death warrant is not assassination. Likewise the death of Admiral Yamamoto by P 38 was killing of an enemy commander by military order.
The death of Osama was not an assassination. The death was the result of the execution of a military order
“So what happens when a foreign government kills one of our congressman or senators that they dont like?”
Those remaining order the most powerful military in the world to destroy that government.
When one country merely protected the organizer of 9/11, we responded by taking out it’s government and took out another dictator just because we were so pissed off.
“what stops others from returning the favor?”
At base, all society is built upon an understanding of who can beat the crap out of who else. Everyone follows rules because it is, on the whole, more comfortable and productive to adhere to agreements rather than fight. Sometimes, however, someone gets out of hand and we have to return to basics.
The “no assassinations” mantra is, on the whole, for the benefit of those at the top - professional courtesy, a la sharks and lawyers.
Pakistan has nukes.
Based on your argument, they should nuke DC if they are unhappy with our violation of their sovereignty.
Just playing devil’s advocate. Either the Obama admin is deserving of a whole lot more credit for negotiating a quiet deal on Bin Laden, or we’re potentially opening ourselves up to a serious pushback.
Just as the American revolution proved, the biggest, baddest military with the fanciest tools doesn’t guarantee absolute protection. A modicum of restraint can go a long way as well.
“Based on your argument, they should nuke DC if they are unhappy with our violation of their sovereignty.”
They would like very much to, and would if we would not respond by turning Pakistan into a glass parking lot.
Parag Khanna is Director of the Global Governance Initiative at the New America Foundation
Steve Coll is president of New America Foundation, and a contributor at The New Yorker magazine. Previously he spent 20 years as a foreign correspondent and senior editor at The Washington Post
Google’s Eric Schmidt is on the Board of Directors
It is indeed valid to target and kill, in a premeditated manner, one who has derived a position of opposition to ones being.
You haven't been to the WTC lately, have you?