Dimapur, July 20: Targeted killings, especially those conducted by drone strikes, have become a central component of Israeli counterterrorism operations around the certain parts of the globe. For this, the Tetso College invited Dr. S Krishnan, Associate Professor, Seedling School of Law and Governance, Jaipur National University and an expert in Defense and Strategic Studies, International Relations, U.S. Foreign Policy and Intelligence & counterterrorism to speak on “Israel’s policy of Surgical Strike and Targeted Killings” in a Webinar on July 20.
The webinar was moderated by Dr. Aniruddha Babar, an expert in International Law and attended by students from different parts of India, faculty members and respected members of the gentry.
Dr Krishnan spoke about the reasons regarding the Israel’s policy of surgical strike and targeted killings. Dr. Krishnan feels that like every democracy, Israel’s chief priority is to safeguard its population, its survival and its national security aspects.
He cited the quote of the Talmud admonishes: “If someone comes to kill you, rise up and kill him first.” That mantra has driven Israel’s national security doctrine since its 1948 founding, including its long-standing use of targeted killings by its spy services against individuals found to be responsible for terrorist attacks and other crimes against its citizens.
Citing the examples of Entebbe incident, attack on Osiraq (Iraq) Nuclear reactor 1981 or Operation of Wrath of God (1972), Dr Krishnan talked about the methods of Israeli surgical strike and that of targeted killing.
He made a distinction between Surgical Strikes and a Targeted Killing. He also spoke about the legality of Surgical strikes and Targeted Killing in the context of the Rules and Laws of War, Sovereignty and Jurisdiction aspects and Geneva Convention.
Dr.Krishnan made comparative analysis on Surgical strike of Israel along with India, US and other countries.
The webinar talk introduced the special issue’s question of whether and how the current transformation of targeted killing is transforming the global international order and provides the conceptual ground for the individual contributions to the special issue.
It developed a two-dimensional concept of political order and introduces a theoretical framework that conceives the maintenance and transformation of international order as a dynamic interplay between its behavioral dimension in the form of violence and discursive processes and its institutional dimension in the form of ideas, norms, and rules.
The talk also conceptualized targeted killing and introduces a typology of targeted-killing acts on the basis of their legal and moral legitimacy. Situations and environment of surgical strikes were discussed and how they were different to each other were also discussed. Human Rights and Collateral Damage was also raised among the participants. Questions were raised on the sovereignty and the jurisdictional aspects of surgical strike and targeted killings. Questions were also raised on whether such killings conflict with the basic democratic and moral values of a state founded as a haven for a people victimized by genocide?
(Page News Service)