What if Bin Laden had been captured?
October 5, 2012 6:23am CST
Obama wanted to try Bin Laden. "But, frankly, my belief was if we had captured him, that I would be in a pretty strong position, politically, here, to argue that displaying due process and rule of law would be our best weapon against al-Qaeda, in preventing him from appearing as a martyr," Obama said. http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2012/10/03/obama-we-would-have-tried-bin-laden-had-he-lived/1610329/ Point #1 Terrorists should not be tried in our courts #2 what if he won in court???? Do you have enough faith in our court system? Do you realize there could be one little issue that maybe somebody looked at them funny and they get off. Do you think he should have gone to Gitmo? Or do you prefer the method we used?
• Puerto Rico
6 Oct 12
I'm happy it was done the way it was. He didn't see it coming and then his life was over in a flash. Just like he did it to so many people on 9/11. I lost 13 co-workers and friends. As far as I'm concerned he tried to kill me too, since I was in the building when both planes slammed into the World Trade Center. If he had been captured it would have been a long overdue process. Just keeping him from trying to escape and his allies trying to get to him. It went the way it should have I only wish he hadn't lived another ten years.
• United States
5 Oct 12
The Democrats early on wanted the Terrorists treated as prisoners of War and given the rights under the Geneva Convention. Under that treaty we could not charge him for murder if it was committed as par of the "War". A soldier killing a soldier or someone engaged in the war on them. You would have to wait until the war was over and try him for war crimes. The next problem is to prove that he had direct involvement in the attack. He could claim that he planned the hijacking and the plan was to threaten to fly into a building if demands were not met but that the leader of the Hijackers changed the plan. Then you have the problem with a trial and all the problems that could cause. He would be given a platform to talk to the world and make a mockery of our justice system, just look at the military trial of Major Abdula. If we had captured him alive I would not announce it to the world but would transport him to Gitmo and interrogated him. We need to learn more about his organization and the movement and where the money is coming from. Then we go after the money. We need information and not a score sheet. If we had captured him because President Obama wanted a political advantage he should be impeached and removed from office.
• Bhubaneswar, India
5 Oct 12
I am neither an amercian nor well versed with the American Law. And also I would add to this list of excuses another one - which I keep reading from the media in my place (india) - (so if in case I am quite insanely wrong please excuse me) - #1 I completely agree that Terrorists should not be tried in Courts of Law as they commit crimes beyond the Courts or the Laws. The more you spend on their their trials and their upkeep, I see it as a wastage of funds, time, and also accumulative people's energies on them. We in India too are harboring one such (actually a few such Terrorists which might not be Laden's but they are Terrorists and that makes them at least equal to Laden) - and we have been wasting so much on their upkeep... #2 History has it that most of the terrorists who were captured and brought to Trials went to gallows but then History also has instances when a couple or maybe more had to be released because of the next plots of terrorisms or abductions. This definitely adds up for my concerns and hence I say in #1 above that we should not try out with them. I have read and heard that it is No Talks with Terrorists as a policy by US but I have my doubts as what would happen in the real scenario. I mean if they captured some big aide of Laden and Laden had said, okay we go for truce and peace but release this aide of mine... or also another way - Laden or any other Terrorist Outfit had highjacked a place of say 400+ US citizens and asked for the release of this aide... what would have been the US policy. In my personal opinion, what was done with Laden is the best to be done and let the matters be closed then and there at the spot. No second thoughts. Though unfortunately what has been happening with his family after that incident is sad and those not involved could have been handled differently, but then that is not is US's hands.