Monday, August 25, 2003

Discussion: International Plea Bargaining

I had similar thoughts when I heard about the push to prosecute Mr. Taylor after getting him out of Liberia. I worry, however, that letting him go free could also set a bad precedent. If the punishment does not fit the crime, are we in danger of partially condoning Taylor's past actions? Furthermore, might this send a message to other would-be dictators and tyrants that detestable actions on their part are not likely to be checked by the international community? I can clearly see the argument both ways and confess that I am undecided on the issue.

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