Thursday, June 30, 2011

Extrajudicial Killings and the Rule of Law

Ismail Jan, Intercontinental Hotel Attack Suspect, Killed By NATO Airstrike

KABUL, Afghanistan — A NATO airstrike has killed a militant with the al-Qaida-affiliated Haqqani network who is suspected of having aided the gunmen who attacked a hotel in Kabul earlier this week.

The U.S.-led coalition said Thursday that Ismail Jan and several Haqqani fighters were killed Wednesday in a precision airstrike in Gardez, the provincial capital of Paktia province.

The coalition says the Haqqani network, in conjunction with Taliban operatives, conducted the late-night attack on the Inter-Continental hotel that killed at least 11 civilians. Nine suicide attackers also died in the siege.
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How can Western nations lecture other countries over their human rights records if they carry out extrajudicial killings? Whether it is drone strikes in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa or remote killings in Gaza by remote controlled machine guns without due process of law it is murder. State sanctioned murder is unfortunately leading supposedly civilized nations back into the dark ages. No one can justify terrorism and suicide bombings, however, if Western nations were not invading countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan the incidents of terrorism may be much lower.

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