Assassination as policy: a few examples

In the thousand years the Roman empire survived in Constantinople, 65 out of its 107 emperors were assassinated. In Venice in the 15th and 16th centuries 200 assassinations were plotted for foreign policy reasons…Other than probably the CIA, Israel’s intelligence agency, Mossad, holds the record for external assassinations with an estimated 2,700 victims….[USA] Drones have killed between 7,584 and 10,918 people since 2010. Usually they get the right person, but often they also get a group of innocent children.”

New Statesman 2nd July 2021 pp 40-2

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