Tyrants are responsible for wars and should be the foremost target for lethal attack. The story of Wellington prohibiting his artillery from targeting Bonaparte at Waterloo, if true, demonstrates misguided chivalry. Indeed, had Bonaparte been executed in 1814 instead of being exiled, the 27,000 soldiers killed at Waterloo would have been spared. Not only is it perfectly acceptable to assassinate a tyrant, it is infinitely preferable to do so than to slaughter conscripts.

This article is an extract from the book ‘Principles of Good Government’ by Matthew Bransgrove