June 19, 2008


Barack Obama: I won't martyr Osama bin Laden (Alex Spillius, 19/06/2008, Daily Telegraph)

Though he refused to detail what approach he would take to bring bin Laden to justice, he sought to show a more sympathetic American face to the world when he described the Nuremberg trials of Nazi leaders as an exemplar of sound victors' justice.

"What would be important would be for us to do it in a way that allows the entire world to understand the murderous acts that he's engaged in and not to make him into a martyr, and to assure that the United States government is abiding by basic conventions that would strengthen our hand in the broader battle against terrorism," he said.

A show trial and a hanging is sympathy?

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 19, 2008 12:59 PM

Well, Pres. Bush didn't turn him into a martyr, either. No one celebrates losers who get buried under tons of rubble under nameless Afghan mountains.

Posted by: b at June 19, 2008 1:49 PM

The frightening part is that this demented idiot used to be a law professor. Well, a senior lecturer, actually, but that's close enough. I guess that whatever his former students know of the law they haven't learned from him.

Posted by: Peter at June 19, 2008 2:05 PM

I think all this "we don't want to turn him into a martyr" talk is just teeing up a pretext for not applying the death penalty.

Actually, there is a way to insure he's not a martyr. Just before executing him, put him in contact with something which is ritually unclean according to Wahabbi Islam. (I believe a pig will suffice, or he could be licked by an enthusiastic puppy.) String him up immediately, with no time for ritual ablution. According to his own book, he'll be burning in hell.

Posted by: Mike Morley at June 19, 2008 2:32 PM

Contrast this to what Sen. Keating-McCain had to say.:

Let me be clear, under my administration Osama bin Laden will either be killed on the battlefield or executed. Senator Obama's failure to comprehend the implication of the Supreme Court decision he embraced and the historical precedent of Nuremberg raise serious questions about judgment and experience and whether Senator Obama is ready to assume the awesome responsibilities of commander in chief.

If his campaign keeps talking tough while dumping on The Chicago Messiah (pbuh) this way, (and coupled with is recent "build more nukes"), I might actually consider voting for Maverick. (Not that I live in a state where my vote will make a difference.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at June 19, 2008 3:26 PM
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