Different Angle on Anwar Al-Awlaki

By Jessica Joseph in Opinions

October 6, 2011

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Terrorism is a fear that many Americans face, and with the recent death of Osama Bin Laden and the tenth anniversary of September11, Americans has been on more alert.

Americans now have less to fear however, because Anwar Al-Awlaki, the leader of Al- Qaeda in Yemen, is now dead. He was the most influential and powerful terrorist in the west after Bin Laden’s death and on September 30, 2011 he was killed by an aerial bomb; you think Americans would be jumping for joy, but there is something standing in the way of Americas’ cheers.

Al-Awlaki was an American born citizen and moved to Yemen to become a member of Al-Qaeda, and there are people arguing that he deserved a fair trial. This man was plotting against and killing Americans and honestly he should have had a trial and been captured instead. American citizens are entitled to a trial before they are convicted of a crime; it is in the constitution but this is an extreme case that goes past the constitution. This was one of the top ten most dangerous men in the world and has killed thousands of Americans.

He may have been born an American but if he was captured and put on trial he would have been put to death.

There are many people in America that are against the death penalty but they need to look past this and at the bigger picture.

This man was a terrorist, a person who was plotting against the United States, if this man was not an American citizen people would not be reacting this way.

Also he was the last powerful leader in the middle-east and now the middle-east and Al- Qaeda are getting weaker.

Some Americans need to wake up and realize that this man was a major threat to America and now that he is gone there are no major leaders left in the middle-east to plot against us.

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