I’m sure this has been debated ad nausem, but I feel it’s relevant again in light of recent decisions made in regards to the detainees and how and where they will be tried. I wanted to post this in recent threads floating around that are more topical and kind of begged the question, but decided a new thread would be best. I hope any debate would lead to an understanding of why one court would be chosen (military), versus another (criminal); even if you still disagree.
The question for debate is was 9/11 an act of war, or more broadly, can non-state actors commit acts of war? So…Do you? Why or why not? If you feel it’s an act of war now, is this how you felt previously?
Bush, Congress (previous and present), NATO, United Nations, Supreme Court, and Obama all seem to agree it was an act of war (to various extents, but agree is still an appropriate word). The suggestion is novel that it is, and the implications are far reaching by treating it as such.
The general views are:
NO, it’s always been a crime and they are mere criminals; or
YES, they caused mass destruction against civilian/military lives in ways that some States can’t even do.