Double Standards

If you had any misconceptions that the Israelis and the Islamic radicals were fighting on the same plane (excuse the pun), think again.

An Israeli civilian hang glider was inadvertently swept by heavy gusts of wind into southern Lebanon on Wednesday afternoon and was rescued by IDF forces. Adam Wexler, 26, narrowly escaped attempts by Hizbullah gunmen to take him captive before the army safely returned him home.

Three Hizbullah gunmen riding in a vehicle spotted Wexler landing and opened fire as they advanced towards him. Soldiers returned fire, and Wexler reportedly sprinted over a minefield and headed towards the border fence gate, with Hizbullah gunmen following hot at his heels.

Since their initial reaction was to open fire on the poor fellow, one would have to assume Hizbullah was not inviting the fellow for supper. Maybe the gunmen thought it was batman flying in, however I don't recall batman ever expressing a dislike of muslims. So I don't think I would be exaggerating if I said they wanted to trade the fellow for some prisoners or behead him and release a grainy video later; so you can hardly fault the IDF for saving this fool from the virgin mongerers. But look who has to defend their actions.

The IDF Spokesman later denied media reports from Lebanon claiming that IDF forces had encroached on Lebanese territory. "Under no circumstances did soldiers cross the blue line [the international border between Lebanon and Israel]; they opened the gate to allow the Israeli through while engaging in gun battles with the Hizbullah," a source in the Northern Command said.

I wonder what would have been the reaction if a Hizbullah foot soldier or Lebanese civillian stumbled into Israeli territory and was promptly beheaded and sent back in pieces?
You bet there will be an outcry, condemnation from all parts of the globe, burning and pillaging, demands for an immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq and drive the Jews into the sea.

The kind of outrage that was displayed when a muslim suicide bomber killed mainly muslims in Jordan, little of which is displayed when men, women and children are being blown apart by suicide bombers every other day in Iraq.

Following on from this, the UN has decided to go shopping at the local sports shop and get some balls, for the record, not willingly. Unfortunately they weren't convinced to throw in a plastic spine as well; the US might be able to cajole them into that purchase when the Christmas specials are on.

Following intense US pressure, the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday issued an unprecedented condemnation of Monday's Hizbullah attacks on northern Israel.

This condemnation - slamming Hizbullah by name for "acts of hatred" - marked the first time the Security Council has ever reprimanded Hizbullah for cross-border attacks on Israel. The condemnation followed by two days a failed attempt to get a condemnation issued on Monday, the day of the attack, when Algeria came out against any mention of Hizbullah in the statement.

When asked what changed from Monday to Wednesday, one diplomatic official replied: "John Bolton," a reference to the US ambassador to the UN. Bolton lobbied vigorously for the passage of the statement.

The condemnation expressed "deep concern" over the attack, and called on Lebanon to exercise its sovereignty and authority in the south according to relevant Security Council resolutions.

Not that this condemnation would spur the radicals into a state of intense navel gazing and self reflection, but I suppose its a start.

Hat tip LGF

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