View Poll Results: Should we take out Assad?

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Thread: Is assasination acceptable?

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    Is assasination acceptable?

    If this situation in Syria, could be dealt with by one of our special forces operations removing certain facets of the problem with deadly force, would you find the tradeoff a wise venture. In other words, if we could kill Assad to stop the ongoing slaughter of thousands, would you go along with it?

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    Re: Is assasination acceptable?

    I'm not well read enough in this specific situation.

    In a generalized sense...I absolutely endorse the use of convert, black-ops assassination by our government with the understanding by those perpetrating it that we will disavow any connection or condoning of said actions on their part should they be discovered and/or fail

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    Re: Is assasination acceptable?

    I don't because when you do that with no strategy to post govern, you end up with a chain reaction of war and holocaust in places like the middle east.

    So in essence... no that's been practically insane for the last couple centuries id reckon.

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    Re: Is assasination acceptable?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    I'm not well read enough in this specific situation.

    In a generalized sense...I absolutely endorse the use of convert, black-ops assassination by our government with the understanding by those perpetrating it that we will disavow any connection or condoning of said actions on their part should they be discovered and/or fail
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    Wait. Condone assassinations when they're "convenient?"

    In 1976, President Ford issued Executive Order 11905 to clarify U.S. foreign intelligence activities. The order was enacted in response to the post-Watergate revelations that the CIA had staged multiple attempts on the life of Cuban President Fidel Castro.

    In a section of the order labeled "Restrictions on Intelligence Activities," Ford outlawed political assassination: Section 5(g), entitled "Prohibition on Assassination," states: "No employee of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, political assassination."

    Since 1976, every U.S. president has upheld Ford's prohibition on assassinations. In 1978 President Carter issued an executive order with the chief purpose of reshaping the intelligence structure. In Section 2-305 of that order, Carter reaffirmed the U.S. prohibition on assassination.
    U.S. policy on assassinations - CNN

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    Re: Is assasination acceptable?

    Nothings off the table in war when done right... you don't assassinate a card holding up a house of cards.

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    Re: Is assasination acceptable?

    I would consider actions like those taken against Bin Laden to be assassination, and in situations like that I can kinda see it as acceptable though I also find it worrying. At the level that Israel takes it, absolutely not.
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    Re: Is assasination acceptable?

    I have a serious problem with that type of operation. We would be making decisions for what we believe is best for the people of Syria, when Syria should be making those decisions, and acting upon them, themselves.
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    Re: Is assasination acceptable?

    If the "Opposition" - as numb-nuts calls them - had the same support that Libya had from the US and others...then Assad would wind up being just another death statistic like Osama bin, S. Hussein, and Gaddafi...you dig? No need for a formal assassination.

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    Re: Is assasination acceptable?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I would consider actions like those taken against Saddam to be assassination, and in situations like that I can kinda see it as acceptable though I also find it worrying. At the level that Israel takes it, absolutely not.
    Sadam? Or Bin Laden?
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    Re: Is assasination acceptable?

    From a strictly utilitarian philosophical viewpoint, it's acceptable. From a moral one, it's up to the individual. I'd lean toward yes.

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