Argument: Life imprisonment better punishes a terrorist than assassination (martyrdom)

Issue Report: Assassination of a Dictator


“Do We Have a License to Kill?” BBC, Talking Points, John Mitko, Spain. June 18 2002 – “War means death. Having presumably carried out the attacks on the USA Bin Laden has also presumably accepted the risk of personal retribution, and as he is living in a war zone he is increasing the odds against him of surviving the current attacks. His personal, religious desire is, presumably, to die defending Islam and reach paradise. However he dies – in war or by assassination – he will be content. On this basis it would be better to capture him and put him on trial. Then if he was handed a life sentence, it would humiliate him by denying him the ultimate penalty. The US armed forces probably have a better record of effectiveness than the CIA. It would be better to leave the special forces and the SAS to carry out the job.”