Sunday, May 8, 2011

On Shooting Bin Laden

I appreciate that Michael Moore is a consistent contrarian. It's one of the things I like about him. Plus, I'm about as liberal as a person can get before they fall off the deep end (or maybe the political spectrum is more like a Jacob's Ladder, and if I got any more liberal I'd be conservative).

Anyway, I'm overwhelmingly busy these days, so I only caught a brief clip of Mr. Moore bemoaning the killing of Osama Bin Laden without American due process of law.

Now I get the gist of what Moore is saying. It's not about Bin Laden; it's about us, and who we are as a people. But if I may be completely pragmatic for a moment; why would we try Osama Bin Laden in a court of law? What purpose would that serve? Is it because he's innocent until proven guilty? Because he's already taken credit for and spent 10 years capitalizing on the September 11th attacks.

Would we try him in court so that we could parade him around the public square before we kill him? Drive up television ratings? Have opinion polls about whether he should face the electric chair or lethal injection?

Once captured, would there be a scenario that didn't end with his death? Should we house and clothe and feed him for another decade while we let the appeals process run it's course, and then kill him?

Let me also say that I'm opposed to the death penalty, and I think it should be abolished.

Let me go out on a limb here, just to verify my liberal credentials, and say that I don't believe Osama Bin Laden was an evil person. I think that he believed he was fighting for a just cause, and he was willing to die for that cause. I believe he was a human being, just like the rest of us. I believe he loved his family, was good to his friends, and loyal to his god (granted, I think gods are stupid, but then people like Bin Laden kind of prove my point).

So I'm not being spiteful or vengeful when I say that it doesn't bother me that he was shot in the head rather than taken into custody (if taking him into custody was even an option). Hell, I don't care if they creeped into his bedroom and shot him in his sleep. He made his own bed ten years ago.

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