Justice and the Enemy: Nuremberg, 9/11, and the Trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Justice and the Enemy: Nuremberg, 9/11, and the Trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

by William Shawcross
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Justice and the Enemy: Nuremberg, 9/11, and the Trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed by William Shawcross

Since the Nuremberg Trials of 1945, lawful nations have struggled to impose justice around the world, especially when confronted by tyrannical and genocidal regimes. But in Cambodia, the USSR, China, Bosnia, Rwanda, and beyond, justice has been served haltingly if at all in the face of colossal inhumanity. International Courts are not recognized worldwide. There is not a global consensus on how to punish transgressors.

The war against Al Qaeda is a war like no other. Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda’s founder, was killed in Pakistan by Navy Seals. Few people in America felt anything other than that justice had been served. But what about the man who conceived and executed the 9/11 attacks on the US, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed? What kind of justice does he deserve? The U.S. has tried to find the high ground by offering KSM a trial – albeit in the form of military tribunal. But is this hypocritical? Indecisive? Half-hearted? Or merely the best application of justice possible for a man who is implacably opposed to the civilization that the justice system supports and is derived from? In this book, William Shawcross explores the visceral debate that these questions have provoked over the proper application of democratic values in a time of war, and the enduring dilemma posed to all victors in war: how to treat the worst of your enemies.

 

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ISBN-13: 9781586489762
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 01/10/2012
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 535 KB

About the Author

William Shawcross is a distinguished journalist who has covered international conflicts and conflict resolution, and bestselling author of many books including Sideshow: Kissinger, Nixon, and the Destruction of Cambodia; The Quality of Mercy: Cambodia, Holocaust, and Modern Conscience; Deliver Us from Evil: Warlords, Peacekeepers, and a World of Endless Conflict; Allies, and The Queen Mother. He is a chairman of Article 19, a London based charity and pressure group which defends the rights of free expression enshrined in Article 19 of the Declaration of Human Rights; a board member of the International Crisis Group; and was a member of the High Commissioner for Refugees' Informal Advisory Group from 1995-2000.

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Justice and the Enemy: Nuremberg, 9/11, and the Trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
DelawareDave More than 1 year ago
To read how the political hacks and their policies have jeopardized the safety of the American people was an eye opener. Eric Holder and the Obama administration have been especially instrumental in giving constitutional "rights" to Islamic terrorists when they are due none. Well written and informative.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book about a highly controversial topic. --- the war on terror. I recommend it as a highly readable and richly researched articulation of the policies and issues associated with this war. In short, it is a book with which the Obama administration and its ACLU supporters would not agree. It vindicates the Bush Administration and its policies, many of which the Obama Administration has seen fit to keep in place after it has assumed the mantle of power and responsibility. The book is well written, highly readable ands makes this highly controversial topic understandable and comprehensible. Excellent read.