When “disproportionate force” inexplicably faded from the vocabulary

The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force. So the United States of America will work with a broad coalition to dismantle this network of death.”

Thus spoke US President Obama on the subject of IS.

The two-faced double-standard smugness of US President Obama and other world leaders renders you almost speechless. Just think about it:

Two (2) US citizens have been brutally murdered by genocidal racist IS Islamist terrorists. On a continent far, far away from the US homeland.

One (1) Frenchman has been brutally murdered by genocidal racist IS Islamist terrorists on an entirely different continent – Africa (France, as we know, is in Europe).

And yet the US and France have deployed massive “disproportionate force” (let’s use the same term that the US, France and other Western nations use when criticising Israel’s self-defensive measures against Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists). This disproportionate force consists of fighter aircraft, bomber aircraft, cruise missiles and killer drones despatched against IS.

They are hitting not just the “martyrs” and “freedom fighters” of IS (once again, let’s use the same terminology that is applied so freely to Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, Fatah), they are also deliberately targeting non-military, dual-role civilian infrastructure such as oil refineries that provide the fuel needed to keep power stations running for civilian use.

Do a quick calculation of how many UN resolutions have been supported by none other than the US and France, roundly condemning Israel for accidentally hitting non-military infrastructure in Gaza or for deliberately targeting dual-role civilian/military infrastructure that Hamas terrorists use to shield their rockets in blatant defiance of UN regulations…

Israel lives literally a stone’s throw from some of the worst Islamist terrorist monsters in recorded modern history, and has had to suffer innumerable attacks, innumerable civilian deaths, innumerable civilian injuries over a period lasting almost a century.

Yet the US and France, currently bombing the life out of terrorists AND civilians in Iraq and Syria, harshly criticise Israel for taking defensive measures that are way, way more considerate than those currently being deployed by the US and France. Haven’t heard of any IDF-style leaflet drops, SMS text-message campaigns or automated phone calls to landlines and mobile phones warning people away from the area of imminent US and French bombing missions…

Where’s all the harsh criticism of “disproportionate force”, where’s the consideration for the “justified grievances of the militants” who don’t want “foreign interference” and “foreign occupation” of lands they consider their own?

What exactly is the difference between IS, who routinely and indiscriminately kill civilians who do not adhere to their religious and political beliefs, and Hamas/Islamic Jihad/Fatah who routinely and indiscriminately kill civilians who do not adhere to their religious and political beliefs?

You know the answer.

So when Obama says “The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force”, he is announcing that lethal force is the only way to totally, utterly, destroy the terrorists and prevent a continuation of their religiously fuelled bigotry, global domination through barbarism, and indiscriminate genocidal atrocities as a means of achieving political aims.

And when the same President Obama says “the United States of America will work … to dismantle this network of death,” he is referring to an Islamist network of death that he asserts has no grounding in Islam (a statement repudiated strongly by the followers of that religion) – but ONLY that part of the network that doesn’t target Jews or the Jewish state. THAT particular network of death – consisting of Hezbollah, Hamas, Fatah, Islamic Jihad and 101 other radical, genocidal Islamist groups openly extolling the virtues of ethnic cleansing – THAT network of death is left alone to continue its work.

Well, not really left alone – it is actually provided with financial aid and diplomatic support from the UN and the EU to get the job done.

One wonders whether, his flowery language notwithstanding, President Obama actually understands any language at all. Because he seems to show a signal failure in his grasp of logic, ethics, morals and principles.

And that’s before we even get to honesty: anyone remember his strong and vociferous June 4, 2008 pre-election affirmation of Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel?

It’s a sorry state when flowery language and smug selfishness replace honest principle and long-term strategy.


About the Author
Ilya Meyer is former deputy chair of the West Sweden branch of the Sweden-Israel Friendship Association. He blogs about Israel and Sweden’s relationship with Israel at the Times of Israel and at ilyameyer.com. He made his debut as a writer of political thrillers with The Hart Trilogy: "Bridges Going Nowhere" (2014), "The Threat Beneath" (2015) and "From The Shadows" (2016), where the action switches seamlessly between Samaria, Gaza, Israel and Sweden. The books are available from Amazon.com as ebooks and also in paperback. Work has started on a fourth book, "Picture Imperfect".