Elisabeth Hasselbeck Is Wrong: Osama Bin Laden Deserved a Trial (VIDEO)

elisabeth hasselbeck the view michael mooreToday's edition of The View had the perfect recipe for heated TV viewing: One part Michael Moore, one part Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and a splash of discussing Osama bin Laden. As anyone could guess, these two were bound from the get-go to get all up in one another's business on the subject of the murder of the world's most wanted terrorist.

Oh dear. I heart Elisabeth sometimes (like whenever she's NOT talking politics), and I know she means well, but on this particular subject, she could really use a reality check. When Moore talked about how he wished we had brought Bin Laden to trial (“The way we show the world that we’re different is that we give even the most heinous person their day in court.") as we did in the Nuremberg Trials of the Nazis post-World War 2, Elisabeth was having none of that. She cut in and went off on a tirade against the very idea.


It seems Elisabeth has little to no trust in our justice system, and she doesn't believe anyone except Americans deserve a fair trial. Specifically, she said, "Why, because Casey Anthony's trial went so well, we should put Osama bin Laden on the stand?" Sigh.

Look, I totally get where she's coming from, because the result of the Casey Anthony trial was nothing short of an embarrassment for the justice system. But it was also proof it works the way it's supposed to; the prosecution failed to present a rock solid case. But what happened there should not and cannot mean we just shrug off the idea of a fair trial, democracy, and the other values we're supposed to hold in this country that are nothing but a fantasy in other societies.

I have to agree with Michael Moore that as horrifying and devastating as his crimes were to the U.S. and the world, trying Osama bin Laden may not have been such a bad idea. We could have literally brought him to justice -- as a war criminal? -- before seeing to it that his life ended. If he had been tried instead of subjected to a summary execution, the public would have been shown the evidence of just what he had done. And maybe we wouldn't have fallen into that "eye for an eye" trap, in which no one ever really wins. We Americans should be horrified by the idea of a United States -- or any country with great power -- that feels free to hunt down, torture, and kill anyone at anytime without involving the justice system. That mentality's very Guantanamo Bay-ish ... and I'm sure not at all what our Founding Fathers had in mind when they wrote the Constitution.

Ah well, the good news is that Elisabeth's latest TV endeavor, Angels Among Us, will have her talking about people being saved by angels. Maybe sooner rather than later, she'll switch to doing more of that and less of her oh-so-polarizing, political soap box thing.

Here's the video of the conversation if you missed it ...

Where do you stand in this debate?


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