Suffering from moral myopia
Would Jack Straw have condemned the killing of Adolf Hitler? Where is his outrage for the innumerable Israeli civilians killed by Hamas operatives at Yassin’s behest? He is behaving like a classic dhimmi, covering up the sins of his masters. From ic Coventry:
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has issued a strongly-worded condemnation of the “unlawful killing” by Israeli forces of the spiritual leader of Hamas, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.
Speaking as he arrived in Brussels for EU talks on new measures to counter international terrorism in the wake of the Madrid train bombs, Mr Straw described the targeted assassination as “unacceptable and unjustified”.
Mr Straw said he did not believe that Israel would benefit from the killing of an old man in a wheelchair.
“All of us understand Israel’s need to protect itself – and it is fully entitled to do that – against the terrorism which affects it, within international law,” he said.
“But it is not entitled to go in for this kind of unlawful killing and we therefore condemn it.
“It is unacceptable, it is unjustified and it is very unlikely to achieve its objectives.”
Yassin, who Jerusalem accused of being behind the campaign of suicide bomb attacks against Israeli targets, was killed by missiles from a helicopter gunship as he left a mosque in Gaza at daybreak.
It was feared that his death would lead to a dramatic upsurge in violence in the Middle East, dashing any remaining hopes for the implementation of the US-backed Road Map for peace.
The wheelchair-bound cleric was revered throughout the West Bank and Gaza, and his death was expected to harden attitudes among Palestinian militants.
Shadow foreign secretary Michael Ancram told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: “I accept the right of countries to protect themselves, and do not in any way defend the former actions of Sheikh Yassin, but I very much regret this latest escalation of violence.”
Ancram seems to subscribe to the view that many hold in America: don’t respond to terror by killing terrorists — that will only lead to more terrorism.