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GUEST,colwyn dane BS: Why are we trying to catch Bin Laden? (73* d) RE: BS: Why are we trying to catch Bin Laden? 09 Dec 01

The Nuremberg War Crimes Trials were used to try the leaders of a defeated country - under an ex post facto law -
some have said:
"I think the Nuremberg trials are a black page in the history of the world...
I discussed the legality of these trials with some of the lawyers and some of the judges who participated
therein. They did not attempt to justify their action on any legal ground, but rested their position on the fact
that in their opinion, the parties convicted were guilty..."(1)
" permitted the accusers to act as prosecutors, judges, jury and executioners; and it admitted to the
group of prosecutors those who had been guilty of crimes as numerous and atrocious as those with which the
accused were charged. Hence, it is not surprising that these trials degraded international jurisprudence as
never before in human experience."(2)
Stalin would have been right to have shot the German leaders out of hand but of course that was his idea of righteouness.

I think that any apprehension of OBL et co should not be seen as the capture of the leaders of a defeated country
but as the bringing to justice the alleged 'brains heavies' behind the US September 11 outrages.

If they stand trial and are found guilty then what? Like Napoleon,Makarios and Capone perhaps exile to a small island -
my suggestion would be Deception Island in Antartica.

(1)Edgar N. Eisenhower, American Attorney.
(2)Professor Harry Elmer Barnes, Ph.D.


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