Your article “Shoot First, Ask Questions Later” requires an American response. Bin Laden in effect declared war on the United States. He acted outside the bounds of the conventional Rules of War and committed criminal acts of a magnitude that set extraordinary precedents for a non state player acting outside the international order and therefore was not entitled to any of the benefits of the Geneva Conventions or the code of international law embodied in the UN Conventions.
He used other nation states to cover his activities and mask the movement of his operatives. The United States had every right therefore to eliminate him as a threat to US national security as he was an enemy, non state combatant; his actions prevented him from enjoying the rights to become a prisoner of war or enjoy the rights of an international criminal. Osama Bin Laden set an unprecedented set of a key ground rules to frame US retaliation against him, and other future international non state player extremists that exist and may emerge in the future.
President Obama fulfilled his sworn constitutional duty to “ Support and Defend the Constitution of the United States against all Enemies, Foreign and Domestic”.
Dr. Anthony Wells is a Non Practicing Barrister of Lincoln’s Inn. He is the Chief Executive Officer of a US National Security Company in the Washington DC area that works for the US government. The views expressed in this article are solely his.