11/19/10

Trial for ALL the Marbles



Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Ghailani was convicted of only 1 of the 285 charges against him in civilian court. While the White House says they only need one to put him behind bars, it raises the question if a civilian trial is appropriate for handling terrorists in the first place. Terrorism by it's very definition is not a civilian crime. It's a military tactic. Civilian criminals commit crimes against society, which may cause fear as a byproduct. When caught they claim innocence and deny responsibility of their actions. Terrorists seek to destroy society itself often using fear as a tool. When caught they proclaim responsibility of their actions. Form must follow function. Civilian courts serve the purpose of many great things, but not ridding us of terrorists.

No comments:

Post a Comment