Friday, February 26, 2010

Assassination

There's a lot of talk lately about this Mossad assassination of a Hamas leader. There seems to be a fair bit of outrage about how brazen an act of murder/assassination/terrorism this is, depending on one's perspective. I think there's also a fair amount of hypocrisy here. The US military (and CIA) have conducted dozens, if not hundreds of drone strikes against specific Taliban leaders in Pakistan. If anything, these are less forgivable, since they have a much higher rate of civilian casualties, and are of only dubious effectiveness. Why is it okay to assassinate people with missiles from planes, but not by sneaking up to the guy with a garrote?

XKCD has a similar take. Or something.

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