No, this isn’t about the death penalty.
It appears a couple of Iranian guys, one with U.S. Citizenship and one connected to the Iranian government plotted to kill a Saudi Ambassador and got caught.
We are officially incensed and Iran is officially dismissive.
We offed bin Laden with a Seal team and more recently, the other American born terrorist guy and trumpeted that we had done so. Others are incensed.
Whether or not we and the other side should be, we are in a guerilla war. Currently, we seem to be scoring better than they are and defending better than they are.
But, right or wrong both sides are killing or trying to kill. I don’t see that we are inherently morally superior in this exchange. Maybe we need to do what we are doing; but, and here’s the big but – I don’t know because our government won’t tell me what it’s got on the people it targets, even after the fact. Have you ever seen anything that rose to the level of legal proof that bin Laden is indeed the architect of terrorism? I think he probably was, but I don’t know that. The guy we offed with the drone last week – what did he do? We won’t know any time in the mid-term future.
Do we really expect Iran, if it is behind the most recent failed plot to fess up, cry and ask forgiveness? We are engaged in table stakes, death being the losing hand, poker. Our officials' decrying the other side’s attempts to harm us seems to be a bit disingenuous to me.
Goose and gander, it seems, who is who depending on your bias.