New York City, New York. The United Nations is challenging America’s action in killing Osama Bin Laden, the admitted murderer of thousands and active terror leader, who was shot when U.S. Navy SEALS charged his safe-house in Pakistan during a raid. Christof Heyns and Martin Scheinin, both human rights officials with the U.N., have declared that terrorists should normally be dealt with by arrest and trial rather than being killed. They have been joined by yet another United Nations official, Navi Pillay, who has tried to cast doubt on our military strike against Bin Laden by demanding that the United States turn over detailed information about the special forces operation that was disclosed to the world on May 1st. Pillay questions whether the Bin Laden killing was in accord with “international human rights standards.” These kinds of statements show exactly why the United States must refuse to cooperate with any aspect of a United Nations “investigation” of the Bin Laden shooting. Ever since the time of the Clinton Administration, the U.N.-created International Criminal Court has boasted that it has jurisdiction to place on trial for murder any soldier – including American ones – if they find that they used excessive deadly force during a military maneuver. The U.N.’s attitude toward our military strike, which was aimed at an enemy combatant like Bin Laden who had declared war on America, is outrageous. But the story doesn’t end there. The U.N.’s Navi Pilly is trying to increase the pressure on President Obama to fulfill his disastrous election promise to close Guantanamo, calling it a “stain” on America’s “human rights record.” “Gitmo” is the special military base just off of U.S. shores adjoining Cuba that houses scores of enemy soldiers caught on the battlefields of Afghanistan who were part of the terror army that was waging war against us. Many of them were Bin Laden’s partners in murder and mayhem. If we had never created Gitmo, most likely Bin Laden would never have been located and killed. The interrogations at Gitmo of terrorists Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Faraj Al-Libi showed us that they were deliberately trying to shield an al-Qaida courier named Abu Ahmed who we suspected was Bin Laden’s personal messenger. Years later, another Gitmo interrogation, this time against Hassan Ghul, confirmed that Abu Ahmed was indeed the key to finding Bin Laden. Once Abu Ahmed was located, his trail led the C.I.A. and finally our Navy SEALS to the compound in Pakistan where Bin Laden was hiding. The United Nations’ criticism of this operation by brave U.S. forces and intelligence officers should not just be ignored, which is what President Obama seems to be doing. The United Nations, and its disregard for American sovereignty, needs to be denounced in the strongest possible terms.
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