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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 … Continue reading

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Why didn’t Oliver Cromwell Order the Assassination of Charles the First?

Political assassination is the murder of a significant figure by an organised conspiracy in pursuit of political ends.1 There were two English civil wars as well as Scottish and Irish rebellions in the 1640s. The second civil war, 1646-8, left … Continue reading

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Et tu, Brute?

“As he fell, Caesar cried out in Greek to Brutus, ‘You too, child’, which was either a threat (I’ll get you, boy!) or a poignant regret for the disloyalty of a young friend (You too, my child?), or even, as … Continue reading

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A Boris Johnson-Michael Gove Conversation

Boris Johnson I’m so glad that we’re friends after all this time, Michael Michael Gove If you want a friend buy a dog. (Trad.)  

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Capital Punishment: British Style

              “And the executioner’s face is always well hidden.” (Bob Dylan A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall) (Chris)

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Was Osama bin Laden Assassinated*?

The question, ‘Was Osama bin Laden Assassinated?’ is crucially important. If he wasn’t then he was murdered. That would leave President Obama and Hillary Clinton as co- conspirators to murder. Additionally the US Navy Seals who committed the act would … Continue reading

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The Attempted Assassination of Adolf Hitler, 20th July 1944

Wolf’s Lair (Wolfsschanze) was impregnable. It was Hitler’s headquarters in northern Poland, or Grosse Deutschland as he put it. It was impregnable to everything except treachery. On the 20th July 1944, Claus von Stauffenberg tried to commit that treacherous act. … Continue reading

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In the Line of Fire: British Style

A British cabinet minister once asked his bodyguard if he could actually prevent an assassination. “I doubt it,” the officer replied, “but being so close I could write a much better report.” (Chris)

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War: Part Three

Anonymous murder: Bombers do what bombers do Casually destroying, casually killing Upturned puzzled faces in roofless trenches Soldiers blown to smithereens from above. Anonymous slaughter: Engineers do what engineers do Bombs scattering down, innnocents’ disintegrate, Cities cratered, re- shaped, revealed. … Continue reading

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War: Part Two

(Chris)

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