Peter Worthington, I have been a fan of yours since the 1980’s. You, Eric Margolis and Andrew Coyne are on most days, Canada’s best print journalists.
Which is why it pains me to totally and completely destroy the argument you have made in your March 30, 2012, Huffington Post article: “Iran: How to Behead the Threat”.
I’m sorry, I just can’t let this pass unchallenged.
First off, it is illegal in every country and under the auspices of international organizations such as the UN and the Criminal Court of Justice in the Hague, for any member of a government or military to suggest or conspire to commit murder – for that is what assassination is. It is murder for a political gain.
Second, it is illegal for any nation-state to kill any leaders of any other nation-state. It is a feature of international law – which is an integral part of what we here on Earth, call civilization.
To murder a citizen of a foreign country, a country which is not at war with our country or any other country for that matter, is barbaric – falling below the standards of people like Genghis Khan, who although barbaric, had certain standards (a warrior’s code) to live by.
I fully realize that President Mahmoud Ahmedinijad says many things that the West does not like to hear. But words are only words – and those words are aimed to have the desired effect on his domestic audience. As our leaders do here in the West.
The West needs to stop being so thin-skinned as to react in horror at each utterance of Ahmadinejad. Such over-reaction borders on paranoia which betrays a controlling mind-set… itself a sign of weakness.
We all remember the reasons given for justification for the Iraq War:
1) Iraq had weapons of mass-destruction
2) Iraq had links to terrorist’s (before the war, that is)
3) Iraq was complicit in the 9/11 terror attacks
Anyone over the age of majority in 2003 who believed any of that nonsense were gullible in the extreme – and in fact, the American Iraq Study Group itself concluded in 2006 that all of those reasons were invalid and totally without merit.
To those American’s who are trying to whip up another war in the same region, we already know what you are up to. You are trying to again humiliate, embarrass and cause a loss of prestige to America and her allies – just like you did the last time.
But this time… you’ll go to jail for it.
John Brian Shannon