There are certain things that seem to me to be essential if we are to live in a liberal democracy.
One, of course, is a democratic process intended to deliver representative government.
Another is the rule of law, accessible to all.
A third is mutual respect. In practical terms, that comes down to upholding human rights.
A fourth is accountability for all, whoever they are.
A fifth is the extension of these objectives beyond the boundaries of the state.
Trump seems to have violated the second to fifth of these with his murder (for that is what it was) of Qassem Suleimani.
I am not discussing the rights or wrongs of Suleimani's actions.
I am saying that killing him in the way in which it as done was not just a common and war crime; it was also an act that, coming from a president undermined the whole philosophy that his office and the state that he represents supposedly stands for.
There is no doubt that US capitalism has run out of ideas and so purpose. But the evidence is that the US politics it has driven and funded has done so as well. The result is an existential threat to liberal democracy.
I condemn the killing.
The immediate consequences worry me. But so too do those for our society. How can we have reached the point where this is tolerated as if we'd learned nothing at all about how we need to cooperate to live together on an ever more vulnerable planet?