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Yet Another Example of the Double Standard Against Israel

Today's New York Times carries the following headline: "Putin orders death for killers of Russians in Iraq."

The story tells of Putin's decision to have Russian military intelligence target the terrorists who killed four of its embassy employees in Iraq. This is the same Putin and the same Russia that has repeatedly criticized Israel for its targeted killing of terrorists, even "ticking bomb" terrorists who are planning imminent attacks.

The Russian Foreign Minister condemns Israel's killing of Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi, who was the head of the terrorist organization Hamas and who had pulled the trigger on numerous terrorist attacks. In fact, Putin invited Hamas official to Moscow as his state guests.

According to the BBC article Rantissi Killing: World Reaction, "Russia has repeatedly stressed the unacceptability of extrajudicial settling of scores and 'targeted killings'."

Except, it seems, when its own citizens are murdered by terrorists -- then it is fine to do what it condemns Israel for doing.

The rest of the world is no different: condemning Israel for what they themselves do with impunity.

The time has common to end this double standard.

(I know this posting will stimulate the usual anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, and anti-Dershowitz fulminations, along with some thoughtful responses. The knee-jerk reaction to anything I write about Israel simply confirms my point about the double standard.)