Gerry Adams in Israel

by Andrew Gelman on May 5, 2012 · 1 comment

in International Security

I just saw this news item about a man who conspired on a (successful) assassination and was just let out of prison: “He told reporters that he had no regrets, adding, ‘I am proud of what I did.’”

All the parts of this story make sense: the penalty for helping to plan an assassination (but not actually pulling the trigger) will be something less than life imprisonment; the guy was young when he did it so he’ll eventually get out of prison; once he’s free he can say what he wants. But you put it all together and it’s pretty amazing to hear someone say he’s proud of planning an assassination. I guess when it’s a political crime it’s not quite murder—it’s more like a successful military operation? It still sounds odd to me: I think of terrorists as talking tough before they get caught, not so much after their release from prison.

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