Is killing for political reasons justified?
By Siavash Davoodi
March 15, 2004
Siavash Davoodi is a 15-year-old
student in Parkdale C.I. in Toronto, Canada.
In my opinion, killing for political
reasons is in no way justified. Not only is killing for political
reasons wrong, it is also a crime that has to be dealt
with. Many political figures have gotten assassinated,
some good, some bad. Either way, people cannot kill
because of their thoughts and beliefs.
Some say that killing for political reasons can
justified because it rids the world of its tyrants.
Many people believed that Hitler should have been
assassinated. I strongly disagree. Even though
Hitler was truly a menace to the world, blood does not
wash blood. If he didn't commit suicide, Hitler, like
any other human, should have been able to stand trial
and defend his own cause.
In my mind, humans do not
have the right to order the killing of others. Life is given
to us by god and should be taken from us naturally by the creator
himself. In my mind, time proves that a tyrant to one group
be a leader and religious icon for others.
Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, the killer in his
mind was killing an evil man who was bad for the
United States. He thought that he would be remembered
in the American history as someone who did a great
service to his country. Yet today, Lincoln is
known as one of the best men that ever lived and he is
a symbol of freedom to all Americans.
It is true that people like Saddam Hussein and Osama
bin Laden are threats to the people of their countries, but
the United States has no right invading other people's
land and hunting them down like a game of hide and
According to international law, the United
States of America has committed many different crimes
over the years, including invading Afghanistan and
Iraq. The invasion of Iraq was to "find weapons of
mass destruction and liberate Iraq", but as we have
witnessed, no weapons have been found and Iraq is
still a mess. There are still suicide bombings going
on all over the world and since the response of George
W. Bush to 9/11, the number of suicide bombers and
terrorist attacks have grown in number, especially in
On the other hand, some believe that Iraq's future
is going to be a bright one. According to George Bush
himself, the Iraqi people had to get rid of Saddam
Hussein's regime one way or another. Many believe that
the United States actually did liberate Iraq and that
the lives of people in future generations are
going to be much easier and trouble free. Yet again,
this is something that only time will tell.
However, in my mind, killing for political reasons
in no way justified. No one in the world has the right
to kill because of what they believe in. Everyone is
free to believe in whatever they want, but sometimes
doing things because of what you think is right could
be wrong and illegal. Someone that you hate with a
passion could be loved and looked up upon by many
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