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.
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