Assassination as response

The Guardian:

“If people want to stand in the way of peace and continue to threaten and kill and blow people up, we have no recourse but to respond, and I think we responded appropriately.”

—John Kerry, explaining a US missile attack blowing up the occupants of a vehicle in Pakistan

More:

In a highly unusual public statement about a drone strike, a Pentagon official described Mansoor as “an obstacle to peace and reconciliation between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban, prohibiting Taliban leaders from participating in peace talks with the Afghan government”.

We blew the Taliban leader up because he was an obstacle to reconciliation between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban.

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