American law treats terrorism like an act of war, not a crime. The fact that Europeans don’t doesn’t make their way better.
The International Committee of the Red Cross strains at the gnat of American unilateralism and swallows the camel of terrorist atrocities. Stop applauding.
With regard to the laws of war, the United States and Europe now operate under completely different legal codes.
International law is rapidly evolving a direction thaat threatens American sovereignty. With careful attention, however, the United States can mold the law to its advantage.
As the military campaign in Iraq continues, United States and other Coalition forces have scrupulously followed the applicable requirements of the laws and customs of war--despite the charges levied by the Iraqi leadership.
The threat posed by Iraq's WMD programs was a key American justification for launching Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The war on terrorism is not simply the disruption of terrorist plots and the detention of suspects.
When not publicly attacking the Bush Administration, European statesmen tend, at least on the quiet, to deprecate their American counterparts as the rude products of a "cowboy" culture.
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