Quite by coincidence, the very day I quoted Robert Conot's book "Justice At Nuremberg" in this blog, I tuned into Bill O'Reilly, who usually gets his information right, and found a rather egregious errors on the Nuremberg trials. The Fox News superstar misinformed his millions of views by claiming that Nuremberg trials were by a military tribunal!
Wrong, totally wrong, and O'Reilly owes his audience a correction.
I was so flabbergasted I dug out the Conot book and rediscovered that two very famous non-military Americans were involved in the trials. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson served as one of the prosecutors, and Francis Biddle, an Attorney General under FDR, was one of the judges.
Also, while O'Reilly didn't specifically say that all the Nuremberg defendants were found guilty, he implied that, and it simply is not true.
In fact, three (economist Dr. Schacht--an extremely fascinating man, the one who rescued Germans from rampant inflation in 1923--diplomat Von Paper, and propagandist Fritzsche) of the 21 Germans on trial at Nuremberg were found not guilty on all charges.
Of course, had drones been sent in to kill everyone, being not guilty would not have made much of a difference, now would it. As I recall, the Russians wanted everyone found guilty (they also sought the death penalty for Rudolf Hess), but the American, British, and French judges actually listened to the evidence, and a 2-2 vote resulted in dismissal of charges.
Conot quotes Judge Lawrence that Papen "engaged in both intrigue and bullying. But the Charter does not make criminal such offenses against political morality, however bad these may be."
Fritzsche was actually held for trial because Goebbels had committed suicide. While Fritzsche was deemed to have engaged in acerbic propaganda statements, Conot writes, "The Tribunal is not prepared to hold that they were intended to incite the German people to commit atrocities on conquered peoples, and he cannot be held to have been a participant in the crimes charged."
Thus, unlike with drones killing those merely thought to be guilty of crimes, there was JUSTICE AT NUREMBERG, and it was NOT military justice.
Dr. Hjalmar Schacht, NOT guilty at Nuremberg