So your commitment to rule of law and due process is not absolute then Craig? Bin Laden a cause of terrorist martyrdom? What do you think is happening now? And Corbyn doesn't get world security issues? Are you serious? Have a look around. Are the actions of those who get world security issues working right now?
The world is shades of grey, not black and white. Only extremists deal in black and white. Sometimes the good guys have to do bad things for the greater good. It's the old psychological test of: you're by a rail track switch, a runaway train is approaching, if you do nothing then five people will die but if you flick the rail switch then only one person will die. Do you knowingly kill that one person to save five or do you abstain and kill five?
That's where Corbyn fails, he sees things in black and white. Murdering someone is bad therefore there's never a justification. When in fact, that's what a Prime Minister does with the army, they murder people but justify it under the rules of war.
Corbyn is entirely correct. Bin Laden should have been arrested and tried not summarily executed. I'm amazed that anyone who values democracy and the rule of law and due process can argue against that.
Now, the realist in me says that he's dead, he's old news now and he can't bring down democracies through talking about his links in the "good old days" when the bad guys were the Soviets.
If kept alive, he'd be a persistent sore that just wouldn't go away and would undoubtedly be the martyr cause for far more terrorist incidents.
This is one of these "greater good" things that was probably right.
Corbyn is wrong here and really, really does not get world security issues.
Any chance that we might discuss policy rather than personality?
Personality is important and is fair game for a politician. To put it frankly, Kinnock failed due to a lack of personality despite effectively being the savior of Labour in the late 80s. For a Labour leader to have a toxic personality is to essentially guarantee electoral disaster regardless of policy.