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I'm compelled to post again about the 9/11 trials. I've been having trouble wrapping my head around the objections. Evidence, charges, trial, punishment. Seems like an ingenious process to me.

Charles Krauthmmer complains:
September 11, 2001 had to speak for itself. A decade later, the deed will be given voice. KSM has gratuitously been presented with the greatest propaganda platform imaginable -- a civilian trial in the media capital of the world -- from which to proclaim the glory of jihad and the criminality of infidel America.

We faced Hitler and Hirohito but can't handle a rant from a jihadist! I might rewrite that paragraph this way: September 11, 2001 had to speak for itself. A decade later, the victims will finally see justice. The United States has gratuitously presented itself with the greatest propaganda platform imaginable -- a civilian trial in the media capital of the world -- from which to proclaim the glory of the US Justice System and the criminality of terrorists.

Though he does have a point here:

Moreover, everyone knows that whatever the outcome of the trial, KSM will never walk free. He will spend the rest of his natural life in U.S. custody. Which makes the proceedings a farcical show trial from the very beginning.

Exactly. Trying someone who seems clearly guilty but was tortured in detainment for years presents some issues. Maybe we shouldn't do that anymore.

11.20.2009 |



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