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Thread: Should we post-humously try Osama bin Laden in an international court?

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    Should we post-humously try Osama bin Laden in an international court?

    What do you think?

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    Re: Should we post-humously try Osama bin Laden in an international court?

    Yes... if you want to be the laughing stock of the rest of the world.

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    Re: Should we post-humously try Osama bin Laden in an international court?

    No.

    People know what he did.
    Nobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.

    Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.

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    Re: Should we post-humously try Osama bin Laden in an international court?

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    No.

    People know what he did.
    It makes the US look better though.

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    Re: Should we post-humously try Osama bin Laden in an international court?

    How does an international court have jurisdiction?
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    Re: Should we post-humously try Osama bin Laden in an international court?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tyrannosaur View Post
    What do you think?
    What if he wants to testify on his own behalf?

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    Re: Should we post-humously try Osama bin Laden in an international court?

    No, everyone knows what he did with his pathetic life, and there is no need to waste the time/money, to have what would be nothing more than a symbolic case.
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    Re: Should we post-humously try Osama bin Laden in an international court?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
    How does an international court have jurisdiction?
    He was a citizen of Bosnia and Afghanistan (?), both have ratified the Rome Statute.

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    Re: Should we post-humously try Osama bin Laden in an international court?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tyrannosaur View Post
    It makes the US look better though.
    I'm not sure how exactly. What exactly would it show, what exactly would it prove? Would it be anything other than a show trial?
    Nobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.

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    Re: Should we post-humously try Osama bin Laden in an international court?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tyrannosaur View Post
    It makes the US look better though.
    No it doesn't. How could it possibly? He would either be found innocent and we killed an "innocent" man or he would be found guilty and we'd look like the country that kills first, tries later. It is a lose/lose. He did, he admitted to it, no one doubts his guilt. Move on.
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