Murders and we ourselves
Our own relation to assassinations
Even if it may not be obvious at preliminary glance, political murders do have an influence on ourselves that must not be underestimated. But often it is not forthwith or not at all evident for the people which consequences political murders have on themselves. In fact, their weight is, especially if the victims are presidents or prime ministers or the attacks are committed by terror groups, not always humble. A good example are again the assassinations of the Red-Army-Fraction in Germany. After the first terror operations in the 1970s, the German government didn't only responded hardhanded but also against the own habitancy. With the enactment of the emergency laws, the German people had to accept a few limitations, e.g. the possibility of the Bundeswehr army deployment at demonstrations, compulsory duties and restrictions of the basic laws. In the process of the German reunification, some interesting aspects can be recognized, too. The strong desire to demonstrate against the national privatization agency, the Treuhand, was decisively weakened when the Red-Army-Fraction killed the agency's chairman, Detlev Karsten Rohwedder. Although the people felt disapproval and displeasure against the Treuhand, nobody wanted to protest because this would have made him a sympathizer of the Red-Army-Fraction. Sonja Kemnitz, a politician of the left-wing German party PDS, got to the heart of this problem in an article of the newspaper "Neues Deutschland" (New Germany), where she defends to right to demonstrate without being terrorist-friendly. Of course, the great participation of the people at the death of a prominent victim belongs to the assassinations' influence. Especially at the John F. Kennedy assassination, the emotions about the CIA, conspirators and the men behind caused quite a stir. The death of the precessional Kennedy had been a backstroke for the United States of America - a part of those thousands signing the condolence books might have thought this. In conclusion, it can be said that the weight of political murders on the society and therefore on our own life can and must not be undervalued.