Daniel Byman

targeted killings


  • 203 confirmed hamas kills
  • 114 killed in the process
  • not only militants were targeted but political leaders as well
  • us should not use it because its enemies are not in close proximity
  • the methodology - by attacking skilled insurgents such as bomb makers or logistical planners it effectively cripples the organization

be open about human rights abuses

  • it makes people a lot more willing to accept curbs on human rights

bureaucratic logic

  • if you set up a department that receives funding
  • the members of the department will feel obligated to kill regardless of whether it is necessary
  • this is because they if they don't meet their quota their funding and jobs will be cut
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