Osama vs. Yassin

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However, the killing of Sheikh Yassin was called by the then-British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw “unacceptable” and “unjustified.” The official spokesman of then-Prime Minister Blair condemned the “unlawful attack“ and observed: “We have repeatedly made clear our opposition to Israel’s use of targeted killings and assassinations.”

A Case of Anti-Semitism?

France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy hailed Bin Laden’s killing as a coup in the fight against terrorism. He called President Obama, praised his determination and courage and all others who had pursued the head of al-Qaeda for 10 years. Sarkozy added that the two heads of state had agreed to continue the just and necessary fight against terrorist barbarity and those who support it.

Yet after Sheikh Yassin’s death, a French Foreign Ministry spokesman, Herve Ladsous, 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.” Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin declared that “such acts can only feed the spiral of violence.”

German Chancellor Angel Merkel said at a recent press conference, “I’m glad that killing bin Laden was successful.” She also called it “good news.” Then Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer had stated after the killing of Sheikh Yassin that “the German government is deeply concerned about the development.”

Russia released a statement regarding bin Laden which the Voice of America quoted as saying that retribution inevitably reaches all terrorists and that Russia is ready to “step up” its coordination in the international fight against global terrorism.” After the Yassin assassination, a foreign ministry spokesman said that Moscow was deeply concerned about the situation.

President Abdullah Gul of Turkey declared that the killing of bin Laden was a message for terrorist organizations all around the world. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had called the killing of Yassin “a terrorist act” and said that “the assassination was not humane.”

This comparison gets even more meaningful when seen in the context of the definition of anti-Semitism as regularly used in the European Union. It was prepared by one of the EU agencies. It gives examples of the ways in which anti-Semitism manifests itself with regard to the State of Israel, including the following: “Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.”Israel could considerably improve its public diplomacy by using the comparison of the two killings and other comparisons of events which occur with great frequency to stress such double standards. This is one of the many ways that Israel can fend off at least part of the unjust criticism against it.

Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld has published 19 books, several of these deal with anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism.

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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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