Of geese and ganders

If trying to kill the leaders of al-Qaeda is a Good Thing, why was killing the leader of Hamas a Bad Thing?
Aren’t Israeli officials as entitled to seek the deaths of those who organize the killing of Israelis as American officials are to seek the deaths of those who organize the killing of Americans?

Lee Smith at Slate and Glenn Reynolds make more or less the same point: If trying to kill the leaders of al-Qaeda is a Good Thing, why was killing the leader of Hamas a Bad Thing?

Aren’t Israeli officials as entitled to seek the deaths of those who organize the killing of Israelis as American officials are to seek the deaths of those who organize the killing of Americans?

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com