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Debating Targeted KillingCounter-Terrorism or Extrajudicial Execution?$
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Tamar Meisels and Jeremy Waldron

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190906917

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190906917.001.0001

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Reply to Professor Meisels

Reply to Professor Meisels

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Debating Targeted Killing

Jeremy Waldron

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Waldron’s reply focuses on several difficulties in the account given by Meisels, mostly concerning arguments raised against targeted killing to which a proper response has not been given. The first such argument is the element of manhunting that targeted killing involves—an element that distinguishes it sharply from ordinary combat. One must also consider the role of intelligence operatives, in these killings, as opposed to soldiers. Secondly, Waldron insists again on the importance of the problem of possible abuse of this practice, particularly given the tendency to use the word “terrorist” to describe any insurgent or opponent. Thirdly, Waldron considers problems of effectiveness. And fourthly, he addresses some of the specific issues about the assassination of nuclear scientists raised in the account given by Professor Meisels.

Keywords:   Key Words, abuse of power, assassination, counter-terrorism, effectiveness, hunting, intelligence operatives, nuclear scientists, targeted killing

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