Obama says bin Laden must not be a martyr

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Washington, June 19: Democrat Barack Obama said that he would bring Osama bin Laden to justice in a way that wouldn't allow the terrorist to become a martyr, but that Bin Laden may be killed if the U.S. government finds him. He said he wouldn't discuss what approach he would take to bring Bin Laden to justice if he were apprehended. But he said the Nuremberg trials are an inspiration.

In a response to a question on how he would handle the capture of Osama bin Laden, Obama said, “One of the hallmarks, one of the high water points, I think, of US foreign policy, was the Nuremburg Trials because the world had not seen before victors behave in ways that advanced a set of universal principles. And that set a tone for post-war reconstruction and creation of an international order that I think was extraordinarily important."

Although Obama would not speculate on how he would bring bin Laden to justice, he said it is important not to make him into a martyr.

“I think what would be important would be for us to do it in a way that allows the entire world to understand the murderous acts that he's engaged in and not to make him into a martyr and to sure that the United States government is abiding by the basic conventions that would strengthen our hand in the broader battle against terrorism," he said.


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