There is a reason governments the world over and throughout the centuries have opposed assassinations.
Back in the Middle Ages, it was up-close and personal – poisonings, stabbings, bludgeons, that sort of thing. (Illustration by Ivar Dahlberg.) Now the latest weapons include drone attacks and paid mobs.
This is Wikipedia’s very concise definition edited and modified by IFO for clarity:
“An assassination is to murder (a usually prominent person) by a sudden and/or secret attack, often for political reasons. The name arose in about the 8th century when Muslims began to kill each other and Christians, keeping it up for about 500 years.
“Although it is commonly believed that assassins were under the influence of hashish during their killings or during their indoctrination, there is debate whether these claims have merit. The Hashshashin were eradicated by the Mongol Empire in 1275.”
Note the word “eradicated.” Our 100-year old Encyclopedia Britannica pointed out that the assassins didn’t stop their killings until they were completely wiped out.
You can see why this would not be a popular public policy among other government leaders, since it puts them all at personal risk.
The first U.S. president to use assassination as a deliberate national policy that IFO is aware of was John F. Kennedy. We’re thinking of Viet Nam and Cuba. His presidency did not end well.
Our mother had a saying that we bet your mothers did as well: “It all comes back to you double.” That usually meant whatever bad thing you did would come back to you, but in our experience that also applies to doing good things. Let’s hope our government people begin to do good things. BTW, self-defense is a good thing, but the attacker must be clearly coming at you with weapon(s) drawn.