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Post"Official" Assassinations are Not OK (Cameron Sawyer, USA, 12/07/20 3:03 am)
Does anyone really think it's OK to assassinate foreign persons on the streets of their own countries? All the more--in the absence of a state of war?
Think about the precedents this sets. We do it because we can, and no country much has the power to do the same things on our soil. But situations change--imagine 10 years from now, the Chinese have tiny drones which can fly all the way across the Pacific and kill anyone they want? Do we really think it's OK if they think that a future US Secretary of State poses an "existential thread" to Chinese interests, that they just blow him away on the streets of Washington? Well, if what we (or the Israelis) did in Iran is OK, then that would be OK too.
I very much do not want the Iranians to have nuclear weapons. But I think it is even more dangerous to set precedents like this. There is no civilization, if there are no limits to what states can do to each other's citizens, just because they can.
JE comments: The Fakhrizadeh killing does not pass the "shoe on the other foot" test by any means. Cameron Sawyer points to a sobering possibility: with drones becoming cheaper, smarter, and more ubiquitous by the year, these high-profile assassinations will become accessible to almost anyone.
Food for thought on this Day of Infamy (December 7th).