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Reader comment on item: Don't Put Terrorists on Trial

Submitted by Stephen Connor (United States), Jul 15, 2014 at 17:46

The reason we have trials is because without a fair exposition of evidence, you can't be certain that someone is guilty. Truthfully, human beings can't ever be absolutely sure of guilt because we are not Gods and cannot know everything. Still, a trial, like peer review of a publication helps to increase our degree of certainty. More than 2/3 of the people originally held in Guantanamo were eventually released without charge. Although many people called them terrorists, apparently most of them were not. Many were held for years and even subjected to "enhanced interrogation" techniques and then released without so much as an "oops, my bad." Now apparently, Mr. Pipes is wise enough to know who is and who is not guilty without so much as a cursory presentation of evidence. How wonderful to have a confirmed deity in our midst.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

If this commentator had his way, World War II would have been waged and no doubt won in a courtroom.

My point, sir, is that evidence and guilt are not the issue on a battlefield.

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