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It is not often that I disagree with what passes my eye when reading libertarian websites. At this point I’ve guzzled the Kool-Aid and bask happily in the progressive sunshine, relaxed and red-eyed. So when I recently came across a libertarian-slanted review of Elaine Scarry’s Rule of Law, Misrule of Men that seconded that book’s condemnation of W and Obama’s policy of targeting enemy leaders for assassination, I was surprised to find myself muttering to the walls as I processed it. I usually only do that when readingPaul Krugman.

I’m not one to take on anybody over the subject of international law - I’m no expert - but I reserve the right to say that something disturbs the moral sense, and to follow the laws of "civilized" war that prohibits the assassination of the enemy’s political leadership is unjust and irrational. On this count I’m with W, Obama, and all the other bloodthirsty lunatics who have ruled America for the past half-century. While I disagree with their insatiable urge to meddle, bomb, and assassinate on a global scale, I am arguing my belief that their position on assassination is just, rational, and should be the primary tool of any nation at war.  

Click here to read the rest. WARNING FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED: the link takes you to that den of horror known as a "libertarian" website. Before following please put on your Che t-shirt as an amulet, use as a mouse pad anything written by Ted Kennedy, and then walk in safety amongst the valley of evil.

Originally posted to CJ Maloney on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 06:29 AM PDT.

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