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Unformatted text preview: The subject of Castro's assassination comes up multiple times throughout the assigned reading this week. To some observers, assassination seemed to offer "a realistic solution to a major problem." Does the end really justify the means? Why or why not? Assassination is a touchy subject. It only works when the government is already partially unstable and has a grass roots effort to change the system, but with no power. Hitler would have worked because his subordinates were already questioning his actions. Castro wouldnt have worked because Raul and Che were already entrenched in the organization and conducting their own international relations with the Soviets. Even though the state was against communism and democracy, they citizens wouldnt react initially. Assassination would have possibly worked years later after the sugar trade issue had caused problems in the government. Really, who stops selling sugar above market value to the Americans so they can sell sugar below market value to the Soviets. Hitler's assassination would not have been looked down upon. the allies saw hitler as clearly "Evil" and any use to dispose of him would have been warranted. However, if the United States were to just start dropping world leaders because they didnt agree with White House policies, well, that might start a bad habit. Not only would the U.S. look like thugs in the global community, the U.S. would also have to fear the same methods from other countries and governments. I think the use of assassination is an interesting topic. In hindsight the attempt to eliminate Castro, along with his brother Raul and Che Guevara were essential to achieving regime change in Cuba. By cutting off the serpent's head, the regime's ability to mount a defense against the invasion was questionable. Creating martyrs of these men while still popular with a significant portion of the Cuban population would have created long term problems for US/Cuban relations. In some respects, the situation would have been similar to those the US faced after eliminating Saddam Hussein. On the other hand (speculating), assassination could have a more positive outcome. Though Hitler was extremely popular with the German people, his assassination combined with the devastation inflicted on the German people throughout the war would probably bring a cooperative German populace and perhaps less Soviet influence. The war probably would have ended sooner, and Germany would have surrendered to the West. Jones spends a lot of time talking about assassination. It is interesting Jones spends a lot of time talking about assassination....
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