One major news story that just broke out is the recent death of Osama Bin Laden. According to Washingtonpost.com, News channels were rejoicing and the people in the streets were shown to be cheering for victory. Never before had I seen the media and so many people cheering over the death of human being. First, let me start off by saying that I believe Bin Laden personally deserved his fate and in no way am I defending his barbaric acts.
Bin Laden did not receive the due process that the federal law says every human being has a right to. When Timothy McVeigh blew up the Oklahoma City building, causing 168 casualties, he was arrested and tried in court of law. Bin Laden, however, was not tried; instead, he was on a “shoot-to-kill” basis. Why was McVeigh given due process and Bin Laden not? This evidently means that there is an exception to who gets due process and who does not. What is this exception? What is the fine line between blowing up a federal building killing 168 people and having a plane hijacked and intentionally crashing into a building killing 3000 people?
Immanuel Kant spoke of moral principles that excluded murder, mayhem, rape, kidnapping, and so on. I would think that Kant extended this moral philosophy to all living beings, even those who we perceive as the most vile and evil.
When John Locke spoke about the natural law and due process, did he intend there to be exceptions? Did he intend that humans should treat others how they would want to be treated and each should receive the correct judiciary process unless they kill 3000 people via a plane into a building?
I am glad Bin Laden’s dead, but at the same time, I am scared. I am scared that if I am ever falsely accused of murder, that instead of being arrested and given a trial, the CIA will secretly order the military to find me and kill me on the spot.