“Kingdoms without justice are mere robberies and robberies are like small kingdoms; but large empires are piracy writ large.”
– St. Augustine
Firstly and above all, let me say that I shall never support nor be in favour of any act of terrorism that may have caused death and sorrow.
Having said that, I affirm that under no circumstance would I openly support any regime of whatever ideology to impose their will in clear violation of the principles of universal justice all men have a right to receive.
The assassination of Osama Bin Laden in the hands of a specially trained U.S. commando in an incursion into Pakistan without authorization of Pakistani authorities is not only a violation of Bin Laden’s right to be judged according to international laws but likewise a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty over its territory.
What may be a consolation for Americans for the death of thousands of citizens a decade ago in the cruel attack against the Twin Towers, popularly dubbed “9 11”, has turned to be an opportunity for Bin Laden’s last hurrah at the expense of the honourable proclamation of democracy through liberty and justice for all Mankind.
The issue is further aggravated by the fact that the U.S. President and Commander-in-Chief of its armed forces, Barack Obama, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. No man supposedly meriting such award should ever be permitted to instruct the assassination of any human being, no matter whether this person was a condemned criminal or an innocent man. For such condemning, there are courts of justice who have the responsibility to sentence men as guilty or innocent; never can a world leader usurp such functions which are not innate in the role of executive functions such as those inherent to Obama’s post as President of the United States of America.
Much as we would like to support the call of freedom from the seat of world power at the White House, no decent man can ever support an action based on revenge and wrapped with the banner of patriotism. No one in his sane mind can admit the reasoning that Bin Laden was a threat to the USA and the world a decade after the regrettable “9 11” tragedy.
This type of actions in the 21st. century seems a remake of previous American geopolitical blunders that made the people of America earn the label of The Ugly American* in the Vietnam War.
Today, after Bin Laden’s supposed death at the hands of the U.S. commando, the USA has given wings to enshrine an international terrorist and lift him to the rank of martyr for his followers. What consequences will such action bring to the civilised world in the next decade?
Surely not peace, probably more terrorist attempts with deaths of innocent civilians the world over.
*The Ugly American – Eugene Burdick & William Lederer