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Wednesday, March 07, 2012


Some discussion of the American A-G's account of the rules for sending drones after American citizens.

As someone who isn't an American, it's not easy for me to see why it seems to be conceded that the American government can kill anybody they like provided that they're not an American. Stating it more widely, Americans shouldn't be exempt from a penalty that all the rest of the world is liable for: it'd lead to moral hazard. Myself, I feel that every time a drone in Afghanistan hits a child someone at the United Nations should wander out into the general assembly with an AK-47 and pop the American delegate; that would create the correct incentives.

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