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A new sheriff is in town…

David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com
David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com

Good morning, Netizens...

 

Cartoonist David Horsey asks a good question this morning. After al-Qaida propagandist and mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki was targeted and killed by a U.S. drone, libertarians insisted his assassination was unconstitutional. Or was it? Critics on both the Left and Right, from the ACLU to Republican Ron Paul all state al-Awlaki should have been arrested and put on trial, not killed by executive order.

 

Obama's rebuttal is that al-Awlaki was an operative in a group at war with our country, and therefore a fair target. I cannot think of an individual more deserving of this fate for much the same reason I approved killing bin Laden.

 

Nevertheless it is good to ask such questions. Technology has given our government the capacity for targeted killings and, in a war where the enemy is not a country, but a shadowy confederation of lawless zealots, extralegal remedies are a tempting option.

 

Just because we fight in a moral twilight, we must do all we can to resist the lure of darkness.

 

Dave

 

 




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