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The assassination of the century (so far)
Last night, while driving petemagyar around and discussing the ways of the world, he came up with an interesting question.

What's the biggest assassination of the 21st century so far? The person killed who's made the biggest impact. Doesn't matter if they were a political or entertainment figure. Saddam doesn't count, though petemagyar made an argument for how it was really an assassination instead of an execution.

The 20th century had a lot of big ones. JFK, RFK, MLK, Gandhi, Ferdinand, Moscone and Milk, etc. But who's the biggest one of this century so far?

He came up with an answer, and defended it. _yggdrasil came up with a possibly better answer, but petemagyar disagreed.

Comments will be screened for today, to not bias anyone's answer.

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kingfox From: kingfox Date: May 1st, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
petemagyar came up with Dimebag Darrell.
ruxxell From: ruxxell Date: May 1st, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
kingfox From: kingfox Date: May 1st, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
assfingers From: assfingers Date: May 1st, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Filemon 'Ka Popoy' Lagman
doughnutman From: doughnutman Date: May 1st, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Arch Duke Ferdinand. Two World Wars and changing the course of history because his driver got lost.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: May 1st, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Err, re-read my post. I'm asking about the 21st century, and even noted Ferdinand for the 20th century's greatest hits.
doughnutman From: doughnutman Date: May 1st, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
d'oh my bad. Theo van Gogh is my choice. Rafiq Harari is a good choice, but they have fought a war since his assassination, destorying most of the changes that were created by his killing.

The war between Islam fundamentalists and the western world is currently the dominant theme of the century some would argue. The slaying of van Gogh has made several best-selling novels a few movies and is and will be used in the discussion of this conflict for a long time.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: May 1st, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Oooh, that's a good one. Damn you and Cat with your logical and rational choices.

I torrented the work he got all the threats over just before he was killed (leaving it vague until tomorrow).
weaponjx From: weaponjx Date: May 1st, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
In terms of global impact, I don't remember his name but the Northern Alliance guy they killed the day before 9/11... Although he may have been less important than his death suggests.
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kingfox From: kingfox Date: May 1st, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: successful?

feffthekidd From: feffthekidd Date: May 1st, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC) (Hard link)


That's a very interesting question. I know there are some obvious ones if I really thought about it more, but the first two that come to mind are Paul Wellstone and Jam Master J.

If you concede that Wellstone's death was no 'accident' then he would be the no brainer. He would have absolutely changed the face the politics today if he were still around. He most likely would have won the presidency in 2004 and brought progressive politics to a higher stage. Any Democrat today- Clinton, Obama, Kerry, Reid, Gore, Edwards, etc... could not hold a candle to Paul Wellstone. The problem was that he was always a fringe voice his whole career and died before the pendulum swung back against the President and Republicans. Had he still been alive he would have certainly rode the wave into the White House and been the leader needed to get some major shit done.

Jam Master J of course was the most important and influential entertainer assassinated this century. No argument is needed there.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: May 1st, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: Hmm....

I hadn't considered the former (though I've heard the conspiracy theories), and forgot about the latter. There is an argument against what you say about the latter, which I'll share tomorrow.
daylami From: daylami Date: May 1st, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Maybe I'm a dumbass, but the only person I can think of this century is Dimebag Darrell. :P Rabin was last century, right?
kingfox From: kingfox Date: May 1st, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Hahah, that's petemagyar's #1. I'm not unscreening until tomorrow, but that's sadly the best name he came up with.
noone7212 From: noone7212 Date: May 1st, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
I'd add Huey Long to the list of 20th century assassinations, but I know you're looking for 21st. So, ignoring the ones whose assassinations have not been confirmed, there's:
Jacques Roche
Alexander Litvinenko
kingfox From: kingfox Date: May 1st, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Yeah, the latter came up in our discussion last night, I forget why he wasn't chosen.
noelr From: noelr Date: May 1st, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Just because I seriously doubt anybody else said it, Gary Webb. And of course Jam Master Jay.
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