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Finnish professors criticise the US on Bin Laden and accuse it’s of carry out propaganda on the war on terror

Wednesday, 04 May 2011
A Finnish international law expert says that the United States did not want to capture Osama bin Lade but just went with full intent to kill him.

Martti Koskenniemi, Professor of International Law at the University of Helsinki to the Finnish national broadcaster, Yle, that  it is an exaggeration to talk of potential reprisal attacks for bin Laden’s death. The Professor does not believe that the US played by the rules when it aimed at killing bin Laden.
“It’s quite clear that the US had no desire to capture him, bring him to Guantanamo and accept all the debate arising out of that,” Professor Koskenniemi said in an interview with the YLE.


However, Professor of Islamic Studies Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila from the University of Helsinki says that the US chose the practical solution for lack of other options.
“Of course, bringing Osama bin Laden to court would have been a more satisfactory solution from the justice prospective, but it would have been a troublesome one for the US since it would involve a very long trial,” Hämeen-Anttila said.
“On the other hand, the question here is of the war on terror, like the United States says, and then one should follow the rules of war, according to which an opponent gets killed,” Koskenniemi pondered.

According to Koskenniemi, killing bin Laden does not go against the grain of international law in the sense that bin Laden was a wanted criminal and the US was working in cooperation with the government of Pakistan.

Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila considers talk of a wave of retaliatory strikes by terrorists an exaggeration. “It could be that they’ll try to do something and some attacks will succeed. I find it hard to believe in any wave of revengeful strikes. Tensions will certainly rise between the fundamentalists and the US, but there are already tensions—I do not believe that it will influence things greatly.”

Hämeen-Anttila says that talk of revenge is no more than US war propaganda.
“The US invariably wants to create an impression that we have a global threat which hangs over us all, and so everyone should support the US. The question here is of creating a continued image of a global threat,” Hämeen-Anttila says.
By Scancomark.se Team / Input from Yle

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