The danger of confusing the death of Osama Bin Laden with an act of justice. – By Thomas Nachbar – Slate Magazine

Is It “Justice”?

The danger of confusing the death of Osama Bin Laden with an act of justice.

By Thomas Nachbar

Posted Thursday, May 5, 2011, at 4:55 PM ET

When President Obama announced the death of Osama Bin Laden, he repeatedly invoked the concept of justice. As the president himself put it most succinctly, “Justice has been done.”

It is impossible to argue that the killing of Osama Bin Laden was not “justifiable,” or even “just,” and I might even be inclined to accept it as a form of “justice.” But to use that term to describe what happened last weekend in Abbottabad, Pakistan, is to invite confusion we cannot as a nation afford.

Read the full article here: The danger of confusing the death of Osama Bin Laden with an act of justice. – By Thomas Nachbar – Slate Magazine.

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One response to “The danger of confusing the death of Osama Bin Laden with an act of justice. – By Thomas Nachbar – Slate Magazine

  1. Pit

    Maybe not justice, but just? Even if that seems to be somewhat hairsplitting. As we’d say in German, “Er hat seine gerechte Strafe bekommen.” [He got his just deserts.] And even if one might be against the death penalty [and I certainly am], there’s still the aspect that the world certainly is better off, with him dispatched, especially considering the future, when he would still be planning and masterminding attacks. And that, as we all know, could even be done from prison.

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