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May 16, 2012 | by James Arger

The morning after

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It is with mixed feelings that I sit down to write today. As I am still trying to recover from the loss of Igor Drukov, new information has emerged indicating that Boris Tchevchenko might have been killed by a team of special forces, somewhere in Russia. He might have already been dead by the time we learned of Igor’s murder, making it impossible to ask for justice.

At the same time, the idea that the United States could be able to kill any foreign national on foreign soil at any time without a second thought just frightens me. I can only hope this is something of a last resort operation. However dangerous and violent and ruthless Tchevchenko may have been, I have always been against this kind of swift justice, that more often than not suppresses only the symptom, and not the cause.

To be honest, I don’t know if the world is a safer place now. Tchevchenko is gone, but who is it that he was communicating with before the exchange was to happen? And who retrieved the nukes in the end? And where are they now? The saying goes: “better the devil you know than the devil you don’t”. At least, Boris Tchevchenko had a face and a name — now we’re just left with an enigma.

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