The Right Coast
January 05, 2004
Targeted Assassinations and SDI
By Michael Rappaport
Ralph Peters makes an important and neglected point about the war in Iraq:
As a result, Libya has opened its nuclear facilities for inspection, while Iran hastened to strike a no-nukes deal with European governments anxious to save face after their support of Saddam backfired disastrously. North Korea has grown remarkably subdued. Syria treads cautiously. No tyrant wants G.I. Joe as his houseguest.
Conventional liberal opinion also criticizes assassinations of foreign leaders, defending the executive order that prohibited them. In my view, such assassinations are often more moral than imposing sanctions on a country that will harm its people or waging war which will cause significant collateral damage. Such assassinations, however, may also be a strategically powerful weapon (as the case of Saddam appears to have shown). The moral course is sometimes the most effective strategy as well.