Oh, please, give me a break!
The so-called “civil libertarians” are raising questions about the killing of terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki because he was an American citizen. They feel he should have been accorded a trial.
He made his bed when he began working with terrorist groups to harm America and kill our citizens without any concern for their rights to live.
I’m sure the majority of Americans and others worldwide shed few tears over his demise.
An enemy combatant need not be one who shoots at Americans. An enemy combatant can also be one who advocates killing Americans, targeting American property, giving succor to America’s enemies. Need I go on?
By any measure, al-Awlaki was an enemy combatant. Were our troops supposed to hope they might capture him at some future point and bring him back for trial? How much more death and havoc could he have been responsible for until then?
It never ceases to amaze me when I hear the plaintive cries of such people who are more concerned with criminal rights than they are in protecting the potential victims. Al-Awlaki chose his path. Two consecutive presidents issued orders to take him down.