Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Was the Killing of Bin Laden Legal?

May 4th, 2011 Viewed 2060 times, 1 so far today
English: Osama bin Laden interviewed for Daily...

English: Osama bin Laden interviewed for Daily Pakistan in 1997; behind him on the wall is an AK-47 carbine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Around the time of then President Bush’s first declaration of a “War on Terror”, many questioned how there could be a war on an entity that was not a state.  That talk died down, as we went to war in different countries; however, with the killing of Osama Bin Laden, the talk has renewed:

Claus Kress, an international law professor at the University of Cologne, argues that achieving retributive justice for crimes, difficult as that may be, is “not achieved through summary executions, but through a punishment that is meted out at the end of a trial.” Kress says the normal way of handling a man who is sought globally for commissioning murder would be to arrest him, put him on trial and ultimately convict him. [Was Bin Laden’s Killing Legal? – Spiegel Online]

Mercy and Justice in Capital Punishment

February 28th, 2008 Viewed 13834 times, 4 so far today

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When you think “Capital Punishment” I bet the first thought that crosses your mind is not “mercy.” In fact, in Amanda’s opening statement she believes that sparing someone the death penalty is both merciful and just.

When I first started trying to respond to this line of thought, I had the problem of pinning down exactly what mercy means. In my mind it’s a shifting and subjective concept. But when we finally agreed on what it was, we came to the following:

Mercy is not getting what we deserve.

The problem with stating that Capital Punishment is both merciful and just is that you have to define what just is first.


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