I don’t like to trust my intuitions in such matters, but I am finding discomforting parallels between our current election cycle and earlier periods of political change when our leaders were either blown away by assassins or nearly so with near misses.  Particularly painful were the deaths of JFK and Bobby Kennedy.  They were killed so far as we can tell by nut cases.  Reagan’s near miss was also by a nut case.

Our media are not helping things by over publicizing every conceivable dramatic mass murder — particularly ones committed by depressed young people. I have this morning been posting reports on the Israeli assassinations and criticisms of same:

http://usa.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/49858

I am deeply worried that we may see such with the election of either of our Democratic candidates who will be threatening deeply entrenched interests of embittered persons (and/or brutal institutions).  Assassination has been one of our corporate and national instruments for displacing leaders and their governments that have challenged American interests:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confessions_of_an_Economic_Hit_Man

There is no reason not to fear a domestic application of this ‘security’ tactic.  These types can justify torture and murder in its name.  Why not their political opponents here?

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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