East Coast v. West Coast–Law School Wars.

Harvard v. Cal, Articleman v. Rex (Jollyroger).

It's on like Donkey Kong!

Jumping off from an *exchange with the erudite A-man, I offer my analysis of the retaliatory/ameliorative bombing of the Afghan people to punish them for the refusal of Mullah Omar's (unrecognized) regime to extradite (we had an extradition treaty?) the chief suspect in the 9/11 crimes.

A man has come down firmly: 9/11 was an act of war (committed by a country?) justifying the unleashing of general explosion (and his sidekick, major destruction) on the people of Afghanistan at large.

I rejoin that it seems hypocritical to impose upon an entire country a beef arising from the behavior of someone we officially consider to be a private citizen (Omar), vis-a-vis his harboring of another private citizen ('Sama).

To assist Articleman, herewith the definition of war:

Definition of WAR
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a (1) : a state of usually open and declared armed hostile conflict between states or nations (2) : a period of such armed conflict (3) : state of war

Another way to frame the events of 9/11:

The U.S Criminal Code, which defines a crime called terrorism:

§ 2331. Definitions
How Current is This?
As used in this chapter—
(1) the term “international terrorism” means activities that—
(A) involve violent acts or acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State, or that would be a criminal violation if committed within the jurisdiction of the United States or of any State;
(B) appear to be intended—
(i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
(ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or
(iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and
(C) occur primarily outside the territorial jurisdiction of the United States, or transcend national boundaries in terms of the means by which they are accomplished, the persons they appear intended to intimidate or coerce, or the locale in which their perpetrators operate or seek asylum;
(2) the term “national of the United States” has the meaning given such term in section 101(a)(22) of the Immigration and Nationality Act;
(3) the term “person” means any individual or entity capable of holding a legal or beneficial interest in property;
(4) the term “act of war” means any act occurring in the course of—
(A) declared war;
(B) armed conflict, whether or not war has been declared, between two or more nations; or
(C) armed conflict between military forces of any origin; and
(5) the term “domestic terrorism” means activities that—
(A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State;
(B) appear to be intended—
(i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
(ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or
(iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and
(C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.

Responding to a crime committed by 18 individuals under the direction of another individual by punishing an entire people is not a war, it is collective punishment.

Collective punishment,  involves inflicting harm upon an entire population for the alleged transgressions of some part of the population, where that part is not of such governmental character as to justify holding responsible an entire people as contained within a geographically defined space. It is a war crime.

I say that bombing the Afghan people because Omar refused to hand over his houseguest is not a legitmate war, nor was the crime committed on 9/11 legitimately attributable to, and thus punishable upon, the entire Afghan nation.

After all, the idea in a war is that everyone on that side of some line is in a free fire zone, because their COUNTRY has taken a collective decision to fuck with our COUNTRY.

The latter clearly does not fit Afghanistan on 9/10, despite the presumption of complicity that Aman would have us impose (see cites below).

*here here here here here

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