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Re: citizenship and crime
Posted By: Brunnen-G, on host
Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2001, at 19:49:40
In Reply To: Re: US foreign policies posted by Faux Pas on Tuesday, September 25, 2001, at 09:32:11:

> > I think that is the greatest problem with terrorists with "international scope" (see other posts): Who should punish them? Personally, I think that they should be punished by the laws of the country which has been harmed by their activity, but this goes against the sanctity of citizenship.
> What the hell are you talking about?
> Someone commits a crime in a nation, that nation extradites the criminal. What "sanctity of citizenship" are you talking about?

I'm confused by the "sanctity of citizenship" thing too. Huh? If individuals or private groups do something illegal in a country, they are punished under the laws of that country. (Of course, if their actions are sponsored by a foreign government, it's an act of war.)

It doesn't matter which country you're a citizen of. This is the sort of argument that gets put up all the time in heartrending and utterly moronic news stories about tourists who take hard drugs into Singapore in their cabin baggage and get sentenced to death or corporal punishment. Those are the laws of that country, everybody knows it, and our government rightly says "tough luck" to those of our citizens who belatedly realise the Singaporeans really meant it.

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