donderdag 2 juni 2011

Terroristenleiders Yassin en Bin Laden

 

Ik heb zelf ook al eerder geschreven over het verschil in de reacties op de dood van Bin Laden en Hamas leider Yassin in 2004. Israel werd toen alom veroordeeld voor de dood van deze 'spirituele leider' terwijl de dood van Bin Laden, ondanks kritiek, over het algemeen toch positief werd ontvangen. Hieronder zet Tom Gross de verschillen in reacties nog eens op een rijtje. We moeten daarbij bedenken dat Yassin naar verhouding meer Israelische doden op zijn geweten heeft dan Bin Laden Amerikaanse.

 

RP

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A Tale of Two (or more) Terrorists

Posted: 01 Jun 2011 10:54 PM PDT

I don't usually copy whole articles from other peoples' blogs, but this one, by Tom Gross, is really outstanding. When Osama Bin Laden was "martyred" by the  US "war criminals," I wrote a satirical article about the hue and cry that would be raised by "rights" groups. I had to bury the article, because, one after the other, my most cynical fake "headlines" about human rights violations appeared as the real thing. Still, there is no comparison between the reaction to the U.S. killing of Osama and the reaction to comparable Israeli operations against terrorists. The U.N. is not investigating the American "war crimes" and British courts did not issue warrants for the arrest of American military personnel for this extra-judicial "assassination" as would undoubtedly been the case if Israeli had killed a known terrorist. And – we did not hear many people talking about the 'vicious circle" of violence. Nobody in the West had the nerve to say Osama Bin Laden was a "spiritual leader."

Tom Gross tackled the problem from a different perspective: a contrast between actual reactions to the assassination of Bin Laden and to the Israeli assassination of Sheikh Achmad Yassin, "spiritual leader" of the Hamas, in 2004. Here is the article as it appeared here and here:

A Tale of Two Terrorists

May 27, 2011

By Tom Gross (www.tomgrossmedia.com / www.facebook.com/TomGrossMedia)

Here are some contrasting opinions by leaders of the UN, EU, Britain, France, Norway, the Vatican, Japan and elsewhere, following Israel's killing of Ahmed Yassin, the leader of the Hamas terrorist organization in 2004 and the killing of Osama bin Laden last week.

Yassin, of course, was proportionately responsible for far more deaths of Israelis than bin Laden was of Americans, particularly the deaths of Israeli children. Yassin had ordered the bombing of school buses, children's birthday parties and so on, and was continuing to order more attacks at the time of his death. Soon after Yassin and his deputy Abdel Aziz Rantissi were killed, there was a sharp decrease in the number of suicide bombings against Israel.

(Among past dispatches on this, please see: "A minute's silence by British MPs for Sheikh Yassin", April 19, 2004)

www.tomgrossmedia.com/mideastdispatches/archives/000198.html

Israel's killing of Ahmed Yassin:

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan: "I condemn the targeted assassination of Ahmed Yassin. Such actions are not only contrary to international law but they do not help the search for a peaceful solution."

Killing Bin Laden:

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed Osama bin Laden's death as a key turning point in the struggle against terrorism.

Israel's killing of Ahmed Yassin:

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, described the assassination as "very, very bad news".

Killing Bin Laden:

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said: "I would like to congratulate the U.S., pay tribute to its determination and efficiency in reducing the threat posed by terrorists and underline the close cooperation between the EU and U.S. in the fight against terrorism."

Israel's killing of Ahmed Yassin:

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said: "Israel is not entitled to go in for this kind of unlawful killing and we condemn it. It is unacceptable, it is unjustified and it is very unlikely to achieve its objectives."

Killing Bin Laden:

Prime Minister David Cameron said that bin Laden's death would "bring great relief" around the world.

Israel's killing of Ahmed Yassin:

French President Jacques Chirac "unreservedly condemned" Israel's assassination of Hamas terror leader Yassin. French Foreign Ministry spokesman Herve Ladsous also said: "France condemns the action taken against Sheikh Yassin, just as it has always condemned the principle of any extra-judicial execution as contrary to international law."

Killing Bin Laden:

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé said on that bin Laden's death is a "victory for all democracies fighting the abominable scourge of terrorism. France, the United States and European states work closely together to fight terrorism, so I'm overjoyed at the news."

Israel's killing of Ahmed Yassin:

Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen: "This act will contribute to increased tensions in the area and will make it more difficult to implement an Israeli withdrawal from Gaza."

Killing Bin Laden:

Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre called the death of bin Laden "a break-through in the fight against terror".

Israel's killing of Ahmed Yassin:

"The Holy See unites with the international community in deploring this act of violence that cannot be justified in any state of law. Lasting peace cannot come from a show of force."

Killing Bin Laden:

Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi said that while Christians "do not rejoice" over a death, bin Laden's death serves to remind them of "each person's responsibility before God and men" and "bin Laden must answer to God for having killed an innumerable number of people and exploiting religion".

Israel's killing of Ahmed Yassin:

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda said Israel's actions were "thoughtless and reckless, and cannot be justified."

Killing Bin Laden:

Japan's Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto said today that the country welcomed the death of Osama bin Laden as "significant progress of counter-terrorism measures. I pay respect to the US officials concerned."

Israel's killing of Ahmed Yassin:

The Brazilian government said it "deplored the murder of Sheik Ahmed Yassin."

Killing Bin Laden:

Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota said the death of Al Qaeda's leader Osama bin Laden is "important and positive".

Israel's killing of Ahmed Yassin:

Malaysia strongly condemned the assassination of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin: saying the action was a manifestation of terrorism.

Killing Bin Laden:

Malaysian Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said he hopes that the death of bin Laden would help bring universal peace and harmony.

***This list could go on and on…

 

The above was not written by yours truly, but I wish it had been!

Ami Isseroff

 

 

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