Democratic Historical Illiteracy (cont.)
by Stephen Schwartz
Barack Obama said yesterday he would bring Osama bin Laden to justice in a way that wouldn't allow the Sept. 11 mastermind to become a martyr. At a Washington news conference after huddling for the first time with a newly formed group of national security advisers, he acknowledged that bin Laden might not be taken alive, but suggested that if he is, the Nazi war crime trials at Nuremberg after World War II would be a good model.
Uhhh . . . Sen. Obama . . . ummm . . . the main Nuremberg defendants were hanged. Goering and Ley committed suicide, Bormann was tried in absentia, Krupp was too sick to appear, Funk and Hess got life sentences, Donitz, Raeder, Speer, von Neurath and von Schirach got shorter prison terms, Fritszche, subbing for Goebbels, was acquitted, along with von Papen and Schacht.
But the big fish--Frank, Frick, Jodl, Kaltenbrunner, Keitel, Ribbentrop, Rosenberg, Sauckel, Seyss-Inquart, and Streicher--were executed. That is, the main generals, administrators of the Holocaust, and ideologists.
Maybe Obama thinks Osama is just a construction engineer like Osama's father or Speer.
And the seven main defendants in the Tokyo war crimes trial were also hanged.
Does anybody in the Obama camp know any history? Do any of them realize that Osama would paint himself as a martyr even if all he got was a life sentence?
Glibness, thy name is Barack Obama.