Rules for deal­ing with en­e­mies

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

Re­gard­ing the Feb. 6 front-page ar­ti­cle “Tar­geted killings face new scru­tiny”:

First of all, I am al­ways con­cerned when we com­plain about the government keep­ing se­cret things that should be se­cret. The en­emy is ad­van­taged when sources, meth­ods, tac­tics and strate­gies are re­vealed. Would we have coaches pub­lish their game plans be­fore kick­off ?

Sec­ond, it has not been un­com­mon in war for a few U.S. ci­ti­zens to put on en­emy uni­forms, pick up en­emy weapons and shoot back at us. If we re­turned ac­cu­rate fire, would that be “tar­geted killing?” We are at war with ter­ror­ists, and if one of our own crosses the lines, he or she is the en­emy.

Ed Arm­strong, Fairfax Sta­tion

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