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Bernie Sanders: We Should Not Kill Terrorists

Jeff Katz
January 07, 2020 - 2:21 pm

Count Sen. Bernie Sanders among the Democrats who are positively beside themselves over the death of Iranian General and known terrorist Qasem Soleimani.

Speaking to host Anderson Cooper on CNN's AC360, the Democratic presidential candidate claimed that the "assassination" of Soleimani violated international law and that it would spark "international anarchy" and "unleash some very, very terrible forces."

Sanders said, "I think it was in violation of international law. This guy was a bad news guy, but he was a ranking official of the Iranian government. And you know what, once you get into violating international law in that sense, you can say there are a lot of bad people all over the world running governments. … But once you start this business of a major country saying, hey, we have the right to assassinate, then you’re unleashing international anarchy."

Sanders also compared the killing of Soleimani to Russian President Vladimir Putin assassinating Russian dissidents.