NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR, GMU LAW PROFESSOR WEIGH ISRAEL’S TERRORIST PREEMPTION

October 30, 2006

HARRISONBURG—In an op-ed published today by TCS Daily, Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, and Professor Michael I. Krauss of George Mason University School of Law weigh Israel’s policy of terrorist preemption, which has been labeled by some as “targeted killing.”

After reviewing the relevant legal and other norms, the article concludes that “while not every effective practice is legal, and not every legal practice is ethical, Israel’s preemptive counterterrorism efforts are right on target with respect to efficacy, law, and morality” and argues that “with its increasing need to reconcile scarce resources to broad responsibilities in defending itself and its allies against this specter, the United States would do well to arm itself with all appropriate weapons, including one that its Israeli ally has developed to comply with a higher obligation, incumbent upon governments and individuals, to do everything possible to protect innocent lives in peril.”

The essay by the two professors, “Right on Target,” can be accessed online by clicking here.