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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 be 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 can be a leader and religious icon for others.

When 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 seek.

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 Israel.

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 is 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 others.

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