Friday, May 13, 2011

The quaint and obsolete Nuremberg principles - Glenn Greenwald

The perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks deserve to be held accountable for
those crimes.  But it's been a bit difficult listening to a country that
continuously commits its own egregious crimes -- ones that constantly
cause civilian deaths -- righteously celebrating the bin Laden killing
as though it is applying universal principles of justice grounded in
unmitigated contempt for lawless aggression.  It's hard to avoid the
conclusion that what has provoked such rage at bin Laden as a supreme
criminal isn't the unlawful killing of civilians, but rather the killing
of Americans on U.S. soil.  The way we treat our own war criminals and
policies of mass civilian death from around the world -- and the way we
so brazenly repudiate and even scorn the Nuremberg Principles we said we
were establishing for the world -- leave little doubt about that.