basically the issue is that america decided to do a quite open assassination rather than use the law and justice to get things done......I agree that there probably was not a clean way of doing this...but AGAIN if the west wants to be seen as the worlds saviours then we better start acting like it, rather than acting like the biggest and nastiest kid in the playground.......
essentially a bunch of US soldiers murdered a bunch of people and call it justice......not the sort of justice we should be marketing considering the state of things in the world right now
Okay, let's see.....
Scenario 1: US goes to Pakistan's security forces, says "We know where Osama is, we want your
permission to go in and arrest him." Pakistan says "Sure, we hate that bastard, where is he?"
Next day, Cops show up at the door, find a 'room to let' sign and no sign of previous occupant.
Okay, that doesn't work.
So let's fudge on the legalities just a smidge
, to allow for infiltration of Pakistan's government and
military/police by unfriendly elements - Scenario 2: US commandos still sneak in, but instead of just
blowing his head off, they use magickal knock-out gas and arrest him "you have the right to remain
silent....." and all....
After some passage of time, a show-trial is convened wherein a jury or judicial panel of some sort
tells us what we already knew - Osama hates the US and proudly claims responsibility for inciting
and planning the murder of thousands of Americans, American allies, and other people who just made
him unhappy. Like Saddam, he is hanged in front of the TV cameras.
Of course, in the meantime, several hundred people of various nationalities, ranks, and degrees of
involvment (housewives to soldiers to junior government officials) are kidnapped by Osama-sympathisers,
then murdered when he swings (or, to appease the anti-death-penalty types, that same approximate
number every year he remains in prison
unless/until he dies or someone breaks him out)...
How has this served any greater purpose?
It maybe also worth noting that Osama's conception of a lawful trial, were circumstances somehow
reversed, is very different from what we might consider, with the outcome no less pre-ordained.