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1 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Mon, Jul 18, 2011 5:31:48am

It wouldn't have been a crime against humanity even if the killing _was_ illegal. It's a technical term that one can't simply slap on any murder, killing or assassination. Otherwise, I don't want to even waste a *facepalm* here.

2 Boondocksaint  Mon, Jul 18, 2011 5:45:14am

All the horror and murder and genocide in the world and this is what this man spends his time with? I guess some people just want attention.

3 Lidane  Mon, Jul 18, 2011 7:09:31am

How many Republican candidates for POTUS will line up to agree with this guy? And how will the wingnut blogs react?

4 Ogami Itto  Mon, Jul 18, 2011 7:58:47am

When I saw the headline I assumed that the president's accuser was either Dennis Kucinich or Noam Chomsky.

5 Shiplord Kirel  Mon, Jul 18, 2011 8:04:20am

Did the usual suspects fault FDR for the Yamamoto assassination? Remember as well that unlike Bin Laden, the admiral wasn't even a criminal.

How does this grandstanding fool know that Bin Laden couldn't have surrendered? Any wanted criminal who goes for a gun, as he was doing, is going to be shot. That is true if it's a traffic warrant, let alone a briefcase full of mass murder indictments. Besides, his men had already resisted violently by the time the SEALs confronted Bin Laden himself.

6 CuriousLurker  Mon, Jul 18, 2011 8:17:43am

Crimes against humanity, as defined by the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Explanatory Memorandum,

"are particularly odious offences in that they constitute a serious attack on human dignity or grave humiliation or a degradation of one or more human beings. They are not isolated or sporadic events, but are part either of a government policy (although the perpetrators need not identify themselves with this policy) or of a wide practice of atrocities tolerated or condoned by a government or a de facto authority. Murder; extermination; torture; rape; political, racial, or religious persecution and other inhumane acts reach the threshold of crimes against humanity only if they are part of a widespread or systematic practice. Isolated inhumane acts of this nature may constitute grave infringements of human rights, or depending on the circumstances, war crimes, but may fall short of falling into the category of crimes under discussion." Source...

Bin Laden was responsible for the brutal murder of thousands of innocent people around the world, and he wasn't finished with his evil. There was no question of his guilt and he was utterly unrepentant. Killing him in the manner it was done may have been legally questionable, but as far as I'm concerned the removal of his name from the rolls of the living was a favor to humanity.

7 SanFranciscoZionist  Mon, Jul 18, 2011 9:04:31am

The devaluation of the language of genocide continues apace...

Whatever. The man needed killin'. And it's a bleeding-heart liberal saying that.

8 sliv_the_eli  Mon, Jul 18, 2011 9:31:06am

re: #7 SanFranciscoZionist

The devaluation of the language of genocide continues apace...

Whatever. The man needed killin'. And it's a bleeding-heart liberal saying that.

Exactly. This is the inevitably result of the willful abuse of the language and of legal terminology by those opposed to the existence of the Jewish State and their fellow travelers and useful idiots in the West. Watch now as many of them react in horror to the very notion that what Osama bin Laden's death is a crime against humanity even while continuing to wrongly level such charges against Israel.

9 CuriousLurker  Mon, Jul 18, 2011 10:44:39am

re: #7 SanFranciscoZionist

The devaluation of the language of genocide continues apace...

Whatever. The man needed killin'. And it's a bleeding-heart liberal saying that.

Indeed. I was just looking at Yale's Genocide Studies Program and the long list of peoples that have suffered genocide.

10 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Mon, Jul 18, 2011 10:51:12am

re: #7 SanFranciscoZionist

Frankly, I myself would prefer him in a courtroom, and I don't look kindly on non-forced assassinations any longer (i.e. where the alternative of apprehension is real), but as long as the order was "arrest or shoot if the former fails", I don't think there's really could be a legal case here.

11 HappyWarrior  Mon, Jul 18, 2011 3:55:27pm

re: #7 SanFranciscoZionist

The devaluation of the language of genocide continues apace...

Whatever. The man needed killin'. And it's a bleeding-heart liberal saying that.

It's like Fascism, freedom, Communism, etc overused and seldom used right. Honestly, what does the guy have expected the US to do? Bin Laden saw himself as a warrior against the U.S and the 9-11 attacks were an act of war that he planned with the support of the Afghan government. By the way, I am reading the 2008 book Steve Coll wrote on the Bin Laden family. It's fascinating how different Osama's half brother Salem was from him.


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