Does selective assassination work and should the U.S. use it? Essay

433 WordsJun 20, 20082 Pages
Selective assassination is extremely effective in certain situations. It is employed by many groups and organizations involved in asymmetrical warfare. The Israelis have used assassinations in their fight against terrorism since the 1972 Olympics with much success. The drawback being that they are often targets of retributive assassinations. Assassinations were used in Vietnam but were very unfavored by the American public, which led President Ford to ban assassinations and from there President Reagan to expand that ban to anyone employed by or acting on behalf of the United States from using assassinations as a tactic. This sentiment remained to ring through our legislators. That is until the September 11 attacks on our country. Since the attacks there have been calls to bring back selective assassinations in the fight on terror, even the most liberal of politicians are showing support for the tactic. The terrorist elimination act of 2001, has recently gained 14 co-sponsors. In addition, that same month president Bush signed an order directing the CIA to engage in covert and deadly operations against Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaeda. In recent years there have been a few incidents that could be classified as assassinations brought about by the United States. In 1985 a car bombing was used to target Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah in Beirut. Several air strikes have been used against enemies of the United States with the hopes of killing certain individuals. Missile attacks were used to target Saddam Hussein on multiple occasions. The U.S. also worked with local soldiers in Columbia to assassinate Pablo Escobar. So the use of assassinations has been used by the United States. The attempts just had to stay within the confines of the law. It is my belief that we as a nation at war with terrorists worldwide should use selective assassination as

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