Obama's Message for Human Rights Watch's Ken Roth

By Jeffrey Goldberg

In an interview with 60 Minutes' Steve Kroft, Obama said: "And I think that anyone who would question that the perpetrator of mass murder on American soil didn't deserve what he got needs to have their head examined."

Here is Maureen Dowd on Ken Roth, the head of Human Rights Watch:

Taking offense after Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary general, said he was "much relieved" at the news of Bin Laden's death, Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, posted the Twitter message: "Ban Ki-moon wrong on Osama bin Laden: It's not justice for him to be killed even if justified; no trial, conviction."

I leave it to subtler minds to parse the distinction between what is just and what is justified.

I think Obama's diagnosis is correct.



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