Assassinations as a Terrorist Tactic

"Assassination has never changed the history of the world." - Benjamin Disraeli"A desperate disease requires a dangerous remedy." - Guy FawkesThe two quotes above indicate the two very different viewpoints and approaches taken towards the tactic of assassination. Most evidently, it is the point of reference of the victim and the perpetrator. What is interesting is that throughout the ages and in different societies, assassinations have been continually motivated by the common sentiments of power, greed, revenge and money. Photo: Gun that shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand on display at the Imperial War Museum in London.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/tezzer57/3190406441/Targeted KillingAssassination has been traditionally defined as the targeted killing of a public figure, motivated by ideological, political, or security reasons. In some cases the reasons could also be financial gain, revenge or a desire for public recognition. However, in recent times, the definition must be…

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