THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING
AS THE FOG CLEARS IN DEATH OF BIN LADEN

Due process of law is a casualty

May 17, 2011

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JAMES CARROLL deserves praise for his May 9 op-ed column “a href="http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2011/05/09/making_myths_in_fog_of_war/">Making myths in fog of war.’’ I especially appreciate the statement, “When we accepted his [Osama bin Laden’s] definition of the conflict as between radical good and radical evil, he won the victory that matters most.’’ While we may not know for certain whether it would have been feasible to capture bin Laden instead of killing him, those who support the killing, including President Obama, apparently did not want him captured alive.

The celebration of his killing shows shocking disregard of a concept that is fundamental to democracy — that of due process of law. Such concepts become irrelevant when the target is “evil.’’ If we ignore such concepts that are fundamental to law and justice, not only can we not claim moral leadership in the world, we cannot claim that democracy and the laws that support it are worth adhering to during inevitable times of stress.

John L. Hodge, Jamaica Plain