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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Is sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander?

This is from an assessment of President Obama's first year in office (Hat Tip: Miriam Shaviv):
In his inauguration speech, he declared: “We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.” Yet roughly once a week since that day, he has ordered the assassination of suspected terrorists. These assassinations, carried out with Hellfire missiles fired from hovering drones, are often messy. According to the New America Foundation, a think-tank, it took 15 attempts to kill Baitullah Mehsud, a Taliban leader in Pakistan who was finally blown to scraps in August. Hundreds of people, some of them children have died in these drone attacks. Mr Obama would presumably include “not killing children” among his ideals. Sometimes, however, he sets aside this ideal in the interests of safety.
Is that wrong?

If the US were doing it purposely, it would be wrong. But they're not.

And what if Israel did it? We'd be condemned from the very first attempt, even if it were successful (think Sallah Shehadeh).


Why did Richard Goldstone investigate Israel and not the United States?


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