The premeditated killing of Iranian military commander Qassim Suleimani on Jan. 3 has caused not only confusion in the political community regarding the legality of this act, but it also re-opened conversations about the reach and scope of state powers when it comes to its use of military force.
1. Discuss Suleimani’s case in the context of Hobbes. Consult Hobbes’ arguments on human nature, the state of nature, and the need for absolute powers in the hands of the state.
2. Assess the question of legitimacy of killing Suleimani by borrowing from Kropotkin’s view of the state. To what extent can his theory of anarchism offer a critique to this recent event?
3. Conclude your paper by weighing in on the assessment of Suleimani’s killing. How might Hobbes and/or Kropotkin inform your decision?