IS THERE ANY REASON NOT TO KILL AHMEDINEJAD?
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Every time Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad is quoted, I almost automatically think of Din Rodef - the obligation to kill a person who imperils the life or property of another person.
Regarding Din Rodef, this: Tractate Sanhedrin, 73a: "And these are the ones whom one must save even with their lives: one who pursues his brother to kill him(rodef achar chaveiro le-hargo), and after a male or a betrothed maiden to rape them."
Al pi Rambam "When one pursues another to kill him, every Jew is commanded to save the victim from the attacker, even at the cost of the attacker’s life" (Mishne Torah, Murderers and Preserving Life, 1:1).
Note two things:
One - the textual implication is that both pursuer and victim are Jewish - but it is further said that animals who pursue are also to be killed. So it applies to anyone. And by the same token, also if a Gentile is being pursued - the rabbonim were obsessed with Jews, naturally, and wrote at a time when there just weren't many Gentiles waltzing around the holy land.
The other thing is that one must be careful thinking about such a solution when there is no immediate threat - saying "he will kill someone in the next ten years" is scant justification. The threat must be such that inaction means murder.
That being said, there are several practical arguments for eradicating Mr. Ahmedinejad. And I personally would cheer his demise.
Can you, dear reader, think of any reason not to whack him?