Argument: Assassinating Saddam Hussein would have been a legitimate policy

Issue Report: Assassination of a Dictator


Alan Dershowitz. “Is Israel’s Policy of Targeted Assassination Legitimate?”. Wiley. Retrieved June 3rd, 2008 – “prior to the actual commencement of the recent war against Iraq, the U.S. tried to take out Saddam Hussein, but failed. Had it succeeded in killing Saddam, it might have avoided a war that has proved very costly in terms of human life. The targeted assassination of Saddam Hussein would have been good policy, especially if it succeeded without the killing of large numbers of innocent civilians. Likewise with the targeting of Osama Bin Laden and some of his chief deputies. The early deaths of these combatants might have saved many Afghani and American lives.”