Osama vs. Yassin

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Reprinted from YnetNews.com.

The flurry of international reactions to the killing of Osama bin Laden by the American army provides Israel with a great opportunity to demonstrate the double standards applied against it by so many in the Western world and elsewhere. All one has to do is compare the reactions of major institutions and leaders with those after the death of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. This leader of the Hamas terrorist organization was killed by Israel in 2004. He was directly responsible for many lethal attacks on Israeli civilians including suicide bombings.

On Monday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told reporters that “the death of Osama bin Laden, announced by President (Barack) Obama last night, is a watershed moment in our common global fight against terrorism.”

Yet after the killing of Sheikh Yassin, then-UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said “I do condemn the targeted assassination of Sheikh Yassin and the others who died with him. Such actions are not only contrary to international law, but they do not do anything to help the search for a peaceful solution.”

The now-defunct UN Commission on Human Rights condemned “the tragic death of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin in contravention of the Hague Convention IV of 1907.” At the Security Council, the US had to use its veto power to prevent condemnation of Israel.

After the bin Laden killing, the leaders of the European Council and European Commission stated that his death made the world a safer place and showed that terrorist attacks do not remain unpunished. Following the Yassin killing, then-EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana said, “This type of action does not contribute at all to create the conditions of peace. This is very, very bad news for the peace process. The policy of the European Union has been consistently condemnation of extra-judicial killing.”British Prime Minister David Cameron congratulated President Obama on the success of the bin Laden assassination. Cameron considered it a massive step forward in the fight against extremist terrorism. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair also welcomed bin Laden’s demise.

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  • StephenD

    Perhaps this is truly a "watershed moment" in history where the balance of the civilized world sees the necessity of targeted assassinations. I hope Israel and all these other nations pick up the pace and help these folks on their way to meet their Allah.

  • stern

    Oh come on, be serious. Bin Laden's only mistake was not targeting Jews. That made him a target himself. Yassin followed the rules laid down by everyone from the ancient Romans, through the Crusaders, the Spanish Inquisition, right up to Hitler. That made him sacred and immune – and you can bet your bottom dollar that if Israel takes out Mashaal or Nasrallah, the UN, the EU and all the usual suspects will once again express their "concern" and their fears that this is not "helpful towards a peaceful solution".

  • umustbkidding

    Oh please tell us where on planet earth are Muslims interested in peace. Even here in this country the violent under current is biding it's time.

    • tanstaafl

      "Peace" only occurs in Islam when there is no other religion than Islam, and the entire world is subject to sharia (Islamic law).

      • ziontruth

        Not even then. Internecine warfare among Muslims of differing doctrine (Sunni, Shia, Wahabbi, Salafist etc.) can more than make up for a lack of non-Muslims.

  • Dispozovdaburka

    Didn't Yassin have a part in Lord of the Rings?

  • Piera Prister

    President Obama ordered the killing of Osama Bin Laden, he did the right thing, but why he is making so much noise about it ?
    He went public for electoral reasons because he wants to draw the media attention on himself and on his accomplishments, since the presidential race has just begun. Instead he should have avoided all the aftermath criticism by following the example of Israel when gloriously destroyed Saddam Hussein's nuclear arsenal, Kim Jong Il's nuclear reactors in Syria and also killed the terrorist Yassin. They were top secret missions. Will the world continue to blame Israel for acting in self-defense by applying the double standards?
    Bravo Mr Gerstenfeld!

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