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- Top-level assassination hurts only volunteers — the willing tyrants. It leaves the innocent alive. If rulers choose to rule and to go to war, their lives become forfeit because they are acting coercively towards their subjects and intended conquests. As a “natural rights” libertarian, I do not consider that the Hitlers, the Kennedys, the Gadaffis or the Attilas have any right to mercy. Those who plan and order the deaths of millions deserve to die. After all, who else is there to blame?
- Nick Roberts, in In Praise of Jackals : Assassination and Moral Defence Policy (1989)
I did a casual investigation into a few of the reference materials available online, including Wikipedia, and removed it noting that there was little indication of this person as someone already famous or notable, or with widely acknowledged or acknowledgeable expertise in any form of human lore. The quote is somewhat objectionable to me as it tends to promote such views as I abhor — that initiation of assaults, even fatal ones, upon individuals or groups of people not clearly and actively engaged in clearly unjustly oppressive and coercive policies is a morally defensible stance or position. This in itself would NOT have been enough for me to remove it from the article, but the additional factor that it seems to be the assertion of a relatively obscure person of no great fame or notability has prompted me do so. ~ Kalki (talk · contributions) 03:58, 12 May 2010 (UTC)