Targeted killing is a form of assassination based on the presumption of criminal just do something kevin deyoung pdf. The legal status of targeted killing has, in recent decades, become a subject of contention. Historically, at least since the mid-eighteenth century, Western thinking has generally considered the use of assassination as a tool of statecraft illegal.
Some academics, military personnel and officials describe targeted killing as legitimate within the context of self-defense, when employed against terrorists or combatants engaged in asymmetrical warfare. They argue that drones are more humane and more accurate than manned vehicles, and that targeted or “named killings” do not occur in any context other than a declared state of war. CIA station chief in Islamabad, Robert Grenier, have criticized targeted killings as a form of extrajudicial killings, which may be illegal within the United States and possibly under international law.
According to statistical analyses provided by Reprieve, 9 children have been killed for every targeted adult the United States has tried to assassinate, and, in numerous failed attempts to kill Ayman al-Zawahri alone, the CIA has killed 76 children and 29 adult bystanders. Targeted killings were employed extensively by death squads in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Colombia, and Haiti within the context of civil unrest and war during the 1980s and 1990s.
Targeted killings have also been used in Somalia, Kenya, Rwanda, and in the Balkans during the Yugoslav Wars. The practice has been adopted by the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. Since his assumption of the presidency in 2016, police and vigilantes have targeted over 7,000 people, with many cases, some involving children, thought to be the result of police extrajudicial executions.
According to Human Rights Watch Duterte as mayor of Davao City had a long history of supporting the targeted killing of criminal suspects. Syria’s Bashar al-Assad showed the English politician David Davis a spreadsheet outlining the identities of 783 whose targeted killing he had approved.