Every so often we see in the news that a state sponsored murder has occurred. Russia’s Putin has murdered a turncoat in Britain. Saudi Arabia’s MBS has murdered a Washington Post journalist. North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has murdered a general or his brother.
These are the murders these leaders WANT us to see and hear about. These are usually statements to warn other people not to mess with their power.
What you do NOT hear about are the thousands, maybe tens of thousands of murders that each commits that those leaders aren’t making a statement with. When they murder their own citizens who might eventually turn into a threat they can just make it look like a heart attack or car accident or unsolved murder. When they murder American citizens who speak out against them and make it look like a stroke or some other natural or accidental cause.
The fundamental problem in allowing dictators to exist is that these dictators will use any means possible to stay in power. These dictators have global reach and zero accountability even if someone finds them out. They can extend their power into free countries if those countries try to ignore or even just allow these dictators to continue to exist. They murder secretly and with impunity around the globe. They employ assassins who can murder over and over again and make it just look like an accident or natural cause.
Even beyond murder, these dictators can use the money they extract from their oppressed millions of citizens to run secret shadow public relations campaigns as we have seen Russia and Saudi Arabia doing at a massive scale in the EU and United States.
Free countries that lack the courage to bring total war against dictators will not be free long.
If I die in an “accident”, you will know what really happened I hope.