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Old 09-22-2018, 02:03 AM   #1
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2018 Book: Rise and Kill First by Ronen Bergman

“According to Bergman< Israeli covert agencies have undertaken targeted assassinations against "Arab adversaries throughout its pre- and post-statehood periods".[4] They have assassinated more people than any western country since World War II,[3] carrying out "at least" 2,700 assassination operations in the seventy-year period since Israel's formation.[2]

"Poisoned toothpaste that takes a month to end its target's life, armed drones, exploding mobile phones, spare tires with remote-controlled bombs, assassinating enemy scientists and discovering the secret lovers of Muslim clerics," are among the methods described in the book used by Israel to carry out.”

I can’t help but think a vicious circle of revenge killings would emerge as a result...sad.

“Pollack describes the end of the book as showing targeted killing is like an addictive drug which just cures the "worst symptom (terrorism) of a terrible disease (Palestinian anger)" but does not cure the disease itself.”

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rise_and_Kill_First
https://web.archive.org/web/20180308...n-bergman.html
https://theintercept.com/2018/03/11/...sination-book/

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In fairness,

(Israel’s) “targeted killings” since then — do not approach the record of the United States. In Vietnam alone, America’s Operation Speedy Express and Phoenix Program in Vietnam took the lives of more than 30,000 Viet Cong supporters. U.S.-led death squads in Latin America killed uncounted thousands.

Since 9/11, the U.S. has adopted assassination of suspected enemies as a legitimate policy tool, however doubtful its legality. William Blum’s “Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions since World War II” cites more than 50 CIA attempts on the lives of foreign politicians.

The CIA tried and failed to kill Zhou Enlai in 1954, Iraqi Gen. Abdel Karim Kassem in 1959, and Fidel Castro, repeatedly. Overshadowing those failures were the agency’s successful participation in the murder of Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba in 1961, Vietnam’s Diem brothers in 1963, and Salvador Allende in Chile in 1973.

Only in 1976 did President Gerald Ford sign Executive Order 11905 that no longer allowed government employees to “engage in, or conspire to engage in, political assassination.” That went out the window in 2001, along with many other protections, as a result of Al Qaeda’s 9/11 mass murders.”
https://theintercept.com/2018/03/11/...sination-book/

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“According to Bergman< Israeli covert agencies have undertaken targeted assassinations against "Arab adversaries throughout its pre- and post-statehood periods".[4] They have assassinated more people than any western country since World War II,[3] carrying out "at least" 2,700 assassination operations in the seventy-year period since Israel's formation.[2]

"Poisoned toothpaste that takes a month to end its target's life, armed drones, exploding mobile phones, spare tires with remote-controlled bombs, assassinating enemy scientists and discovering the secret lovers of Muslim clerics," are among the methods described in the book used by Israel to carry out.”

I can’t help but think a vicious circle of revenge killings would emerge as a result...sad.

“Pollack describes the end of the book as showing targeted killing is like an addictive drug which just cures the "worst symptom (terrorism) of a terrible disease (Palestinian anger)" but does not cure the disease itself.”

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rise_and_Kill_First
https://web.archive.org/web/20180308...n-bergman.html
https://theintercept.com/2018/03/11/...sination-book/
So did you like the book? I remember watching the good documentary of how the Mossad hunted down Adolf Eichman taking years to find him. Of course in his case he was brought back to trial.
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