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Topping terrorists, on whose authority?

To kill or not to kill terrorists: that’s the question | William Rees-Mogg - Times Online

The ethical question over the morality of killing terrorists seems to be the same as that raised in killing tyrants. Traditional Catholic teaching is to be found in the writings of the great medieval theologian St Thomas Aquinas. He considered it legitimate to kill a usurper, but only under a mandate from a legitimate authority. Murder requires an express mandate before a private person can lawfully kill even a tyrant. ..The Protestant view is more utilitarian.
In the Reformation period, most of the leading Protestants were surprisingly strongly in favour of killing tyrants. The Scottish reformer, John Knox, affirmed that it was the duty of “the nobility, judges, rulers and people of England” to condemn Mary Queen of Scots to death. One leading German reformer, the “mild Melanchthon”, argued that the killing of a tyrant is the most agreeable offering a man can make to God.

The right to free yourself, do you need permission from "authority" to do so or not? That is the crux of the question, and the clue as to history of subjugation.
As to the right to free yourself from the tyranny of terrorism, whose authority should we ask for permission? I think the Torah probably has a pragmatic answer to that as well.

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No permission needed. Self defense.

"Topping terrorists, on whose authority?"

On the authority of a sovereign state of course (in this case Israel). That the "topping" of that Hamas chappie was against the law in Dubai is a problem for Dubai, not Israel.

And we should not make too much of the necessary bluster from HM Government over the suspected Mossad use of British passports. It's largely proforma for public consumption.

I've no doubt MI6 cheerfully sends out operatives with false identities too. And the CIA, the SVR, the DGSE...

"Topping terrorists, on whose authority?"

On the authority of a sovereign state of course (in this case Israel). That the "topping" of that Hamas chappie was against the law in Dubai is a problem for Dubai, not Israel.

And we should not make too much of the necessary bluster from HM Government over the suspected Mossad use of British passports. It's largely proforma for public consumption.

I've no doubt MI6 cheerfully sends out operatives with false identities too. And the CIA, the SVR, the DGSE...

My apologies for that earlier double posting. A case of what is known in technical talk as OFP.*


* Operator Finger Problems.

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