International Justice

CJ354 Endicott College

The death of Osama Bin Laden

After reading a blog about Bin Laden’s death I found an interesting segment in a link posted by someone it read

“Osama’s death also prevents Obama from striking a blow for the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague. It was a U.S. mistake to have Iraqis try and execute Saddam Hussein. The trial was a farce, in which an undisciplined or unskilled judiciary allowed Saddam to use the court to prattle endlessly. His subequent execution, by hanging, was botched (good hangmen are hard to find, really). And the amateur videos of that event, made by Iraq army troops with cellphones and widely broadcast in the Arab world, were a grim spectacle of revenge and bloodlust.

Had the U.S. ceded its right to try bin Laden, as the country attacked by bin Laden’s forces, to the disinterested International Criminal Court, that finally would have established the ICC’s role as the one court of justice with no real or perceived conflict of interest.”

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This I found interesting, after just having a class discussion questioning the impartiality of the ICC I don’t know if I fully agree with the articles claims, I do however agree that a trial such as that would have been a huge stepping point for the ICC in establishing themselves as a useful global resource. While I do not disagree with Bush’s remembered words of finding Bin Laden “dead or alive,” I thought this was an interesting concept (what bringing him before the ICC would mean.)

I also think that the death of Bin Laden brings back the issue of peace vs. justice. I think we can all agree the world is a more peaceful place without him in it, but a question in everyone’s minds is what will be repercussions of this be, and will his many followers retaliate in some way. These are all issues we encountered when talking about peace versus justice when giving out amnesties, or taking people out of political power. This is simply a non-state version of the same dilemmas.


3 responses to “The death of Osama Bin Laden

  1. taramariekelly May 2, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    While listening to the news last night, I was thinking to myself if this was the best way for justice. While I understand our goal to find Osama Bin Laden “dead or alive,” I think that executing him ourselves has potentially undermined the ICC role. I agree with the article’s statement that a trial could have established the ICC.
    It is also naive of us to think that now everything is over because Osama is dead. I heard on Good Morning America today … “that this will bring peace.” He was a person who believed in a cause whether we agree with him or not, his beliefs created followers. I also think that an ICC trial might have shed further light on the question “why”? After a mass violence such as in Rwanda, or South Africa people want answers. Osama has created many video links, and statements released but without actually confronting him we might never know exactly why.
    As we constantly talked about in class, the ICC tries leaders directly responsible for hundreds of thousands dead during a genocide. I don’t think killing him will now bring peace, and I am wondering if it has achieved justice. We do not kill these leaders of genocide, we bring them to the ICC. Is an eye for an eye justice?

  2. ehsaunde May 2, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Foreign Policy magizine did an interesting article called all about bin Laden’s impact on the world, previous, present, and future. Basically they pose the question: Was killing him really a good idea? I fell like it is interesting in the debate over weather we should have taken him to the ICC. However, I highly doubt that would have even been a possibility since there was a gun fight to even get him out of the mansion he was staying in. Dead was way easier than alive, and that still took 10 years.

  3. ehsaunde May 2, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    In between called and all about there should have been a link to the article “Don’t get cocky America” but it didn’t show up.,1

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