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One year later: looking back on the post-Osama bin Laden world.
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The post-Osama bin Laden world: where torturers and war criminals run free*.
*Applies only to torturers and war criminals on The Right Side. Those on The Wrong Side may face death either via a drone, or after protracted civil strife.
regardless of the flaws in execution, and I’m with you on the need to cease the drone war (and I go further, I want an end to the doctrine of collateral damage itself) – isn’t there an objectively Right and Wrong side? I think we can agree that these sides exist, though defining them is probably trickier. AQ wants Right/Wrong to be Islam/West, neocons want it to be Civilzation/Terrorists, but neither narrative depicts reality acccurately enough. Im not sure what terms I would use for Right/Wrong, in a clinical sense. How would you define them? (assuming you agree they exist)
Why do torturers and war criminals in the West (esp US, UK) — or our allies — go unpunished? Why are they not pursued with the same vigour as, say, torturers and war criminals who also happen to be our ‘enemies’?
We routinely see calls for indictments against the Syrian or Sudanese regime for war crimes; but even the mildest of criticisms of Israel is met with derision. Iran is denounced as ‘medieval’ and in violation of ‘international obligations’ wrt human rights by the same politicians who will appear smiling on camera with the House of Saud.
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