Re: Chomsky (was: Christopher Hitchens' Column)

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Mon Oct 08 2001 - 08:52:23 MDT

Samantha Atkins wrote:
> John Clark wrote:
> >
> > Samantha Atkins <> Wrote:
> >
> > > There was no proof that the plant was manufacturing nerve gas
> >
> > War is not an American courtroom I don't need proof beyond a reasonable doubt,
> One small problem. We were not at war with this country
> although we certainly acted as if we were. Before violating the
> sovereign borders of a country you certainly do need some
> procedure if you are not going to be an international outlaw.
> And the court should be international, not American.

No nation has ever been required to provide proof to an international
body before declaring war, especially when a foreign power has already
declared war on them and attacked them.

Your demands are completely outside the norm. As it is, we have provided
proof to NATO, Pakistan and a number of other muslim countries and
they've all concurred. Pakistans foreign minister did say that it was
sufficient for indictment in a court of law.

If you buy into the Taliban's demands of having that court in
Afghanistan, you are completely ignoring centuries of jurisprudential
precedent on jurisdiction. Since the acts occured in the US, the only
court that counts is an American one. Continuing to do so after being
informed of this just means you are a Taliban patsy.

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