Friday, October 21, 2011

Justice?


Osama bin Laden, Anwar Al Awlaki and now Gaddafi, all assassinated in the name of "democracy". What do you think about that? Are they simply cases of "live by terror, die by terror"? Or is the West far too trigger-happy? Our political system is based on law and I think these men should have been brought to trial. To murder individuals in the name of democracy, debases us all.

6 Comments:

Blogger Angus said...

Is the rule ' better the devil you know ' philosophy, cynicism, or nonsense ?

9:01 am  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Hi Angus - that sounds like an Oxbridge entrance question. I could write an essay on it!

10:32 am  
Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I think he should have been brought to trial. He showed no mercy to anyone but the world is not improved when victors take revenge.

12:32 pm  
Anonymous kinglear said...

You need to think of cowboy films - there's only one way to deal with these people. Remember Napoleon.

8:15 am  
Anonymous Portinari said...

I would split it a bit. When they are in your power they must be brought to trial. e.g.Osama bin Laden. Anwar al Awlaki was, in my opinion, a legitimate hostile target. The murder of Gadaffi and his son Mutassim was vile but understandable given the nature and emotion of his captors. I do however have worries about the potentially indiscriminate nature of Predator strikes.

Portinari

9:24 am  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

I agree, WL

! KL

Greetings Portinari, the problem is that principles are weakened when exceptions are made.

8:01 am  

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