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Commentary – killing Anwar al-Awlaki was justified

Today, the National Journal expert blog takes on the killing by a US drone of Anwar al-Awlaki, an al-Qaeda leader in Yemen but also a U.S. citizen. My take may please the hardcore war-on-terror crowd more than last week’s criticism of Israel:


Imagine an FBI sniper who’s got a criminal in his sights. Law enforcement is in a high-stakes standoff with a deadly gang, negotiation is impossible, and use of deadly force is authorized. This particular target isn’t armed – at the moment – but he’s a known leader of the gang. Sending a team in to capture him is technically possible, but the gang is so well-entrenched and well-armed that the risk of casualties would be prohibitive. So the practical alternatives are kill him or let him go.

I’d say, take the shot.

Click here to see my full post in the context of the ongoing discussion on the NJ blog, but you’ll have to come back here to comment.

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