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Editor says, what if Arutyunian's grenade had detonated? muses Eric Lipps. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Politicians thread. Alternate Historian and 1 other(s) like this article.
In 2005,Vladimir Arutinian, a citizen of the formerly Soviet Republic of Georgia, assassinated U.S. President George W. Bush and Georgia's president Mikhail Saakashvili by throwing a hand grenade at them as they stood together on the podium at a rally in the Georgian capital of Tblisi.
Freedom Square by Eric LippsQuickly apprehended, he was tried and executed for the crime.
Bush's death put Vice President Richard B. Cheney into office as the forty-fourth president of the United States. Although no evidence tied Arutinian to either Al Qaeda or Iraq's ousted dictator Saddam Hussein, President Cheney quickly proclaimed Bush's killing the work of a "global terrorist conspiracy" involving followers of both Saddam and Osama bin Laden and called for an immediate escalation of antiterror measures both abroad and in the U.S., including drastic new measures to monitor political dissenters who, he explained, might be "linked" to terrorists.
Editor says, in in our history, Arutinian failed to kill Bush and Saakashvili at the rally but escaped, only to be apprehended two months later and sentenced to lifer in prison for the attempted assassinations and the killing of a policeman who had attempted to take him into custody. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.