The morality of assassination
If you haven’t seen it yet, check out these videos of the sequence of events in the assassination of Hamas official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. The Wall Street Journal offers up some of the conspiracy theories surrounding the murder. Whether it was an inside job, the work of hired guns, or a classic case of state-sponsored assassination, the obvious question remains: is assassination moral? Does it depend on who the victim is? Does it depend on who the assassins are? Does it matter if previous attempts have been made to capture the individual? Does it matter if the person was engaged in activity that was a direct threat to the assassination party (in this case, reportedly, buying weapons for Hamas)? Will certainly be worth a longer post later. In the meantime, ponder away.