There's been a lot of flap lately about Attorney General Holder's plan to try the half dozen men suspected of the 9/11 attacks in civil court in New York. The AP quotes Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina as calling it a "perversion of justice" to put wartime enemies into a civilian criminal court.
I guess the Allies were wrong to try the Nazi leaders in Nuremberg, then.
Mr. Holder believes he has the evidence to convict these men in a normal civilian court. I'm not sure whether the people who oppose his plan don't believe him, or whether they're afraid a New York jury wouldn't convict these guys. Frankly, I believe a New York jury is so likely to convict that, if I were Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's defense lawyer, I'd be moving for a change of venue. We're supposed to have one of the best legal systems in the world; do we really not trust it to give these men honest justice?
And let's stop talking about a war. This isn't a war. We're being attacked, not by an enemy nation with an army, but by a group of criminal thugs who use a perversion of Islam as justification for acts that no religion, including Islam, condones. These are criminals, and the criminal system is the right place for them. We'd do better if we took that mindset to Afghanistan, too: the Taliban, and Al Qaeda for that matter, are armed thugs practicing extortion on the people of Afghanistan (and Pakistan), just like the Mafia in Chicago in the thirties. They even run dope, like the Mafia. They're just another form of organized crime, and we need to use our crime-fighting tools on them, and quit dignifying them as opponents in a "war."