Bin Laden irrelevant in never-ending war

Obama says that “justice has been done” for all those who died in 9/11. But really, such symbolism is irrelevant and doesn’t change the fact that the West is in a seemingly never-ending war.

A generation of Iraqis and Afghanis have lost family and friends too, and in larger numbers than 9/11. And worse still, they’ve been living in fear for their lives each day with no hope of things improving.

Where is their justice?

Meanwhile, a high-profile Australian QC and human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson said the killing of Osama bin Laden is “a perversion of justice”.

“Bin Laden should have been brought to trial and his death has made him look like a martyr.

“The way to demystify this man is not to kill him and have the iconic picture of his body,” he said.

“The way to demystify him, rather than to these soulful pictures of the tall man on the mountain, is to put him on trial, to see him as a hateful and hate-filled old man screaming from the dock or lying in the witness box.

“That way the true inhumanity of the man is exposed.”

Mr Robertson says US president Barack Obama has been sloppy with his use of the word “justice” and questions need to be answered about whether there was an explicit order to kill bin Laden.

“It’s not justice. It’s a perversion of the term. Justice means taking someone to court, finding them guilty upon evidence and sentencing them,” he said.

“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.”

Mr Robertson says it is an irony that the US has given bin Laden what he craved.

“The last thing he wanted was to be put on trial, to be convicted and to end his life in a prison farm in upstate New York,” he said.

“What he wanted was exactly what he got – to be shot in mid-jihad and get a fast track to paradise and the Americans have given him that.

“It’s an irony that it’s a win-win situation for both Osama and Obama. The latter gets re-elected as president and the former gets his fast track to paradise.”

That is enough for the war to flair up in coming months and rage on. Exactly what both leaders want.

Source:  Bin Laden Is Dead, Obama Says | Facebook Comments
Source: Bin Laden’s killing a ‘perversion of justice’ | ABC News

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One Comment on “Bin Laden irrelevant in never-ending war”

  1. June 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    You ask a good question. By the time of his death, bin Laden was almost irrelevant to the day-to-day operations of al-Qaeda, anyhow. He never was a strategist; instead, his influence lay in a political philosophy rooted in resentment, hatred and nihilism. His desire was a twofold corollary: to bankrupt the West (prominently the US) and to restore a medieval caliphate government throughout the Muslim world. He was also aware that these goals would most likely not be met in his lifetime. His own experiences in the Mujaheddin allowed him to see how war bankrupted the Soviets, and progressed to follow this template in his conflict with the States. You might say he did quite well in this…

    If we look at what has become known as the ‘Arab Spring’, where is bin Laden? The young protesters seem unconcerned with his cause. Their concern is not for replacing the authoritarian regimes of corrupt modern rulers for the dictatorial impetus of the caliphate. They are concerned with the high rates of unemployment, the failures of economy and leaders who seem more concerned with the wealth of the elite (to the expense of the masses). In this, bin Laden seems to be largely irrelevant. In fact, those who are publicly bemoaning his assassination seem to be in a minority.

    I am not, however, suggesting that bin Laden’s death will be synonymous with the death of al-Qaeda. Undoubtedly, they will continue operating in countries like Mumbai, Indonesia, Somalia, etc. and will pursue their desire to export terror to the West.

    So, how much different can a world without bin Laden be? Not much, I’ll warrant.

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