posted on Oct, 17 2013 @ 04:45 PM
Like I said... "potential". But I do appreciate the snark attack.
"rather rose tinted", "skewed idealism", "obtuse"? Was that really necessary? Anyway.
I considered the historical record, but decided to leave out that paragraph for the sake of brevity.
Nobody got to Hitler or Kim. Guess we will always have to wonder at how those would have panned out.
I apologise if you I dented your delicate sensibilites, however, if you were aware of the historical record, a mere sentence acknowledging that would
have sufficed in averting my 'snark'.
Since you raise Hitler, there were proposals put before Churchill, and a plan hatched to assassinate him by the British, Churchill vetoed it. It was
not in the British government's interest to kill Hitler. The assassination of Reinhard Heydrich was though, and that directly resulted in the deaths
of thousands as well as expediting the Final Solution. I should imagine a similar situation exists in maintaining the current regime in North Korea,
and a recent assassination attempt was recently thwarted. I am sure it serves numerous purposes to maintain a divided Korea, as well as
psychologically, on the global stage, having such a rogue state that could, if required, light the collective tinder box.
The point though remains, as the OP pointed out, the assassin is seldom of altruistc bent, they are most often fanatics, and or, mentally unbalanced,
operating on their own, unique agenda, or in many cases, thinking particularly of the Medellin Cartel's rather prolific record in this field, driven
by financial or status gain. The aim of governments and intelligence agencies, is, ideally, to tap into that well, bend it to their will, or seek an
operative who's enemy is also their enemy. I would have thought though, that they more likely would have most success with those that do it for
money, professionally, like Carlos the Jackal, and are essentially freelance, with the connection virtually untraceable. However, what seems to be
the general practice is merely to find a chap within the inner circle that they can do business with, have them get their hands dirty, and then
provide them with the protection necessary to prevent anyone doing the same thing to them.