Weird Harold wrote:
cthia wrote:I was always surprised that attempted assassinations in the technologically advanced Honorverse hasn't progressed beyond suicide by armsman or by Honor's finger. ...
Even modern day terrorists strap enough C-4 to their body to effect a blast radius that ensures the target's death and many collateral deaths as well.
I refer you to Crown of Slaves and the assassination that prompted the rest of the events in the book. (Masadans, at least, don't care about collateral damage.)
Indeed, there was also the complicated assassination attempt in the Endicott system involving the "moon stone?" which was actually a beacon. Nevertheless, I guess I'm simply gobsmacked that the old traditional tactics of assassination are still implemented, considering the fact that so much other technology simply has to be available and considering that treecats abound and also considering that I suspect that method has always been fraught with the lowest success rate. I suppose it boils down to the fact that one should expect more from the MA. I mean really, why incorporate such an archaic component - which serves as a weak link - intermixed with a pretty much unprecedented method of assassination? :shrug:IF
today's terrorists had the means and tech to surgically place the equivalent of a shitload-of-a-payload of C-4 inside
of a terrorist, then
people would be falling
from the earth like flies all over the world, or at least their remains would be.