Matthew Boyle – The Daily Caller – Mon May 2, 4:26 pm ET
Though the international laws and treaties surrounding missions like the one President Barack Obama sent a group of Navy SEALs on Sunday when they killed notorious terrorist Osama bin Laden are unclear at best, some in the media are already questioning how Obama went after bin Laden.
For instance, Salon’s Glenn Greenwald criticizes the United States and Obama for using violence. Greenwald argues that killing bin Laden rather than capturing him causes Americans to rally around the flag, sparking what he considers a dangerous precedent for violence. “I’d have strongly preferred that Osama bin Laden be captured rather than killed so that he could be tried for his crimes and punished in accordance with due process (and to obtain presumably ample intelligence),” Greenwald wrote. “But if he in fact used force to resist capture, then the U.S. military was entitled to use force against him, the way American police routinely do against suspects who use violence to resist capture.”