I'm tapping this out on my phone while on yet another trip to hospital. I will shortly be going down to theatre, but need to get this down on paper as its been rattling around my head since the news broke yesterday. Yes you guessed right, another opinion on OBL's death.
When I woke up this morning I felt like I was the only person in the world who found the whole thing a bit uncomfortable. Where people are jumping with joy, I am left with a bitter sweet taste in my mouth. Having read this mornings edition of i, I feel less of an enemy of the state thanks to Geoffrey Robinson QC.
The bitter sweet feeling started developing last night, a few hours of hearing the news. It came from a feeling of justice unsatisfied, and unhealthy revenge executed.
This murderer is a premeditated murderer. He murdered his victims in cold blood, while they were in a place of safety and innocently going about their business. This can be said of Osama. This can be said of the killers of Jamie Bulger. This can be said of Hitler and the Nazi's.
In the case of the Nazi war criminals, who killed many more than has been killed due to terrorism, we tracked them down, tried them fairly, and delivered sentence. A success for justice, and delivered in a dignified manner and offers some a satisfying closure to a horrific war crime.
Now imagine the family of a murder victim. A common response to such a bereavement is the seeking of revenge. Its because of this that we ensure trials are conducted by an independent judiciary, almost devoid of emotive relative input. This way we can be sure that trials are conducted objectively, in most cases leading to the safe and fair delivery of justice. Attacks motivated by this revenge, while attract some sympathy, are not tollerated as a subversion of justice.
The US has had members of their family murdered. The wounds are still open and raw. And they have taken their bloody revenge under cover of darkness. This may give a short term feeling of elation but it is not justice done. Future generations will look back at the killing of OBL as an act of revenge that offers no long term public analgesia for the pain of 9\11, nor does it satisfy the high standards of justice expected in the west.
Back to the article in the i. Geoffrey Robinson QC suggests that putting OBL on trial "would have debunked his cause and de-brainwashed his followers". Here is where we disagree. A trial would have merely maintained the threat status quo, but it would offer some long term relief to America's pain.
'Not merely must justice be done, but it should be seen to be done'. A quote never more appropriate. We have been offered neither in the past 24 hours.
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