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Was the Killing of Bin Laden Legal?

May 4th, 2011 Viewed 2062 times
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]

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