Winston Churchill sanctioned the assassination of SS General Reinhard Heydrich, and the bid to capture General Erwin Rommel.
Is state-sanctioned assassination justifiable, or does it somehow delegitimize the state that undertakes it?
When Britain was at war, Winston Churchill sanctioned the assassination by its Special Operations Executive of the SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the capture (and killing if necessary) of General Heinrich Kreipe on Crete; ditto Erwin Rommel.
Not all Churchill’s hits were successful. Just as with some Mossad operations, such as the disaster in Amman in 1997 when agents were captured after failing to kill Khaled Meshal of Hamas.
But the British state was not delegitimized in any way as a result.
More than six decades after the foundation of the State of Israel, there are still those who call the country’s legitimacy into question, employing anything that happens to be in the news at the time to argue that Israel is not a real country, and therefore doesn’t really deserve to exist.
The reason that such double standards still apply is not because of the nature of that doughty, brave, embattled, tiny, surrounded, yet proudly defiant country, but because of the nature of its foes.
Real rogue states such as North Korea might be loathed and criticized, but even they do not have their very legitimacy as a state called into question because of their actions.
Source: Financial Times-UK
Based on the logic of the Goldstone report, it would have been impossible for the allied forces to defeat Nazi-Germany. Men like Winston Churchill would have been summoned to a war crime tribunal in 1944, accused of using to much force on the Nazis.
The Prime Minster of United Kingdom would surely have come under scrutiny for secret operations targeting Nazi commanders. England would have faced boycotts, and arrest warrants would have been issued on General Montgomery for war crimes during the advance in France.
The Goldstone commission would have traveled to Berlin to collect evidence, and a report with testimonies from many «trustworthy eyewitness» among the Nazi-officers would have been submitted to United Nations.