Lots of people are suggesting the War on Terror violates "International Law".
Now I am not a lawyer so I can't comment on the legalities involved, but terrorism expert John Thompson of the Mackenzie Institute recently weighed in on this issue.
In his group's latest newsletter, he says much of international law derives from the efforts of nations to deal with the problems of pirates --- who were much like the terrorists of today.
Indeed the Romans dubbed pirates, Hostis Humani Generis – enemies of all mankind, which also fits terrorists of today.
And 18th Century legalist, Sir William Blackstone, wrote it was the duty of all governments to suppress piracy.
Anyway, here's John's final analysis of how legally we should treat terrorists:
Find them, eliminate them; find their bankrollers, bankrupt them; find their sponsors and punish them. Governments which are not part of the solution, are therefore part of the problem and deserve what they get.
Sounds good to me.