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