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American Justice and Osama Bin Laden: Devil’s Advocate

According to John Locke,” The idea of natural rights is inseparable from the doctrine that all human beings, regardless of the extrinsic differences in circumstance (nationality, class, religion) or physical condition (race, gender, age, etc.) share an identical set of powers, freedoms, and/or competencies.” The United States of America is proudly labeled as a nation of Freedom and Liberty. Throughout this nation’s history, Americans have fought for the rights of equality. American minorities of black, asian, and hispanic decent have stood against their country’s leaders for their voice to be heard and their rights to be made truth. Women, too,  had their chance against the government to be granted the same rights as man. Today, we see in gay and lesbian citizens, in larger numbers, taking the torch of protest for their liberties. If this is true to the people of our nation, should it not be true to human beings around the world? Doesn’t the United States promote their message to other nations of the world of democracy and freedom? Why, then, can we not bring that justice to even the most infamous men, whether they deserve it or not?

Osama Bin Laden had the same rights as every other human being on the planet. He, by nature, was born being free, equal and independent as an individual person. Technically, no one could put him out of this estate, and subjected to the Political Power of another, without his consent. He had the free will to choose his path; one answers to every action made through their cause and effect in life, good or bad.

In Afghanistan when he was killed, Americans celebrated over the death of a human being, which made them seem no different from the Afghans when the twin towers fell 10 years ago.  Across the world, the news displayed this mighty nation as barbaric and savage people celebrating over the death of a single man. How can America call itself defenders of peace and freedom when they act and do as people from a third world country? This is not the justice that this nation says it stand by, demonstrating as an example their hypocrisy; nonetheless,  even if Osama wasn’t a citizen of the United States, was he not still a human being? The least he deserved was a punishment similar to Saddam Hussein: trail, jail time, and a traditional Afghan beheading or hanging for the world to watch as justice was being served. This would’ve proved the strength of our nation and why American Democracy triumphs over all other nations. Sadly, things did not go that way.

American Justice

Serving justice the way America does reflects on the country; times are getting worse now. A more recent look at our justice system today, in the cases of Casey Anthony and Troy Davis, tells the American people what? Who are we trying to impress? What are we trying to prove and to who? Where does the line of Justice stand? What path is America taking  its citizens down? If no one speaks out, the innocent are in for trouble. Now’s the time for America to take a stand, to bring back Justice and Truth…and a little common sense.

Justice denied anywhere diminishes justic everywhere.” – Martin Luther King Jr.


Written By John Matar


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4 thoughts on “American Justice and Osama Bin Laden: Devil’s Advocate

  1. I’ve felt very similar to you about this, celebrating it made us look like barbarians. Even more so I disagree with demonizing him. Christians, many anyway especially from southern/Pentacostal and Mormon sects, are generally raised in their churches. For many Christians growing up the only people they associate with, befriend, or otherwise know are in the church. They’re taught from the day they can learn that this is the ONLY way to live and any other way would be a complete waste of a life and would damn them to eternal pain and suffering. They would fight wholeheartedly for their faith and their beliefs based solely on the fact that they don’t know anything else and that’s what they truly feel because its the only way they know. Who are we to condemn his beliefs. Judge a man not by his actions but by his intentions. Understand I’m in no way defending what he did but rather his right to believe they were the right thing to do.

    Posted by Carter | September 27, 2011, 00:57
  2. It is good to read your thoughts on this. I have had similar thoughts about Libya. I hope that I never celebrate the death of any person. Who am I to make a judgement involving life and death.


    Posted by aawwa | September 27, 2011, 13:18
  3. If America did capture him, put his ass on trail, and hung him for the world to see then, I could agree that one less evil roams the earth. To have him slain with no proof? I see no justice.

    Posted by John Matar | September 28, 2011, 01:52
  4. I agree with the with the before mention celebration remarks. And what if we did capture him? Guantanamo Bay for years. Is that “Justice Served?

    Posted by Chris Conn | December 9, 2011, 04:21

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