Posts Tagged ‘assassination’

Serial update

February 7th, 2020

President Chump has struck again.  At his orders, a CIA drone killed Al-Qaeda’s military leader in Yemen some time during the past week.  Although the periodicity is very roughly consistent with previous attacks, I’m not counting this one as support for my theory that Chump may be a nascent serial killer.  (Yes, I know what I sound like.)  For one thing, it appears from the New York Times’ reporting that the timing of the assassination of Qassim al-Rimi probably was dictated by circumstances.  Although a serial killer may take advantage of opportunities as they arise, this factor makes al-Rimi’s assassination look less purely discretionary than was the strike on Suleimani.  More to the point, the United States is at war with Al-Qaeda, which adds another layer of ambiguity to the evidence.  By contrast, in the case of Suleimani, whose assassination  sent me down this rabbit hole, the U.S. is not at war with Iran, so that justification was not available.  A serial killer may take advantage of participating in military operations to achieve his gratification.  However, the victim’s status as a wartime enemy is sufficient motivation for his assassination.  Thus, it is difficult to ascribe an additional, psychopathological motive.