Bin Laden got justice

May 07, 2011

Dan Rodricks argues that killing bin Laden was not "justice" ("Bin Laden death: Call it execution, not 'justice,'" May 5).

"Justice" is an interesting ideal, but it has never been seen or rendered in the annals of man. No two people could agree completely on what it would be in reality. Many have tried to define it, long before Socrates and Plato, but none has succeeded.

Bin Laden was a poisonous snake. If he had lived, he would have killed more. He got the same trial that he gave the thousands he slaughtered, except that he was warned.

There is an old French proverb that says we "take on the face of our adversary."

Perhaps that is the real face of justice.

James Lefter, Bel Air

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