Friday, May 06, 2011

Was it right to kill Bin Laden?

This is a highly debatable and emotional issue. The pros and cons have strong points over the recently held raid in a quiet town in Pakistan that killed the self-confessed terrorist responsible for several deaths around the world.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday that the attack was "entirely lawful and consistent with our values."
But many people do not think so.
Human rights activists particularly the United Nations Watch is calling for the disclosure of the US government over the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden so that the people can understand exactly what took place and understand the legal framework that might have taken place.
In the attached YouTube video, Senior Counter-Terrorism Counsel Andrea Prasow said when asked why the need for disclosure, "Bin Laden was killed in Pakistan in an ordinary city in the middle of a relatively peaceful nation would not be considered part of an armed conflict whereas parts of Afghanistan and other parts of Pakistan, of course, are."
Urging the US to provide full details of what critics dubbed as a "summary execution," UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said, "The United Nations has consistently emphasized that all counter-terrorism acts must respect international law," in a report by the New Zealand Herald.
Describing the raid as "perversion of justice," London-based and well-respected human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson said, "Justice means taking someone to court, finding them guilty upon evidence and sentencing them.
"This man has been subject to summary execution, and what is now appearing after a good deal of disinformation from the White House is it may well have been a cold-blooded assassination."
He also said killing an unarmed terrorist was not justice. He also questioned the disposal of Bin Laden's body at night without an autopsy.
A number of European personalities questioned the raid in Abottabad such as Cecilia Malmstrom, European Union Home Affairs Commissioner, who have preferred Bin Laden be brought before the court.
West Germany's former chancellor Helmut Schimdt said it was "quite clearly a violation of international law."
Holland's international law expert Geert-Jan Knoops said Bin Laden should have been arrested and brought to the US to face trial similar to Yugoslav's ex-leader Slobodan Milosevic for his war crimes.
Knoops said, "The Americans say they are at war with terrorism and can take out their opponents on the battlefield. But in a strictly formal sense, this argument does not stand up."
Details of this report here.

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