And yet, were Israeli special forces to reach out and touch the unrepentant Palestinian President with a bullet above his left eye, as retribution for his crimes, we could reasonably expect more than one Obama Administration official, much less a refined European diplomat, to skip "popping a vein" and move straight to an apoplectic seizure. After all, who can forget the international community's condemnation of Israel's killing of the founder of Hamas, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.
If only "ifs and buts were candy and nuts", but Israel is a small country, and America is a superpower, which is not forced to make peace with those who mass murder its citizens in cold blood. Neither does the US need anyone's permission or legal justification to insert military personnel into a sovereign country, without warning, and liquidate whoever it needs to. US Navy Seals who took part in the operation to kill Bin Laden will not be placed on Interpol's most wanted list, as have members of the Israeli team who assassinated the Hamas terrorist Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai.
So, as we all welcome news of Bin Laden's demise, let's remember, once again, the endless accusations, the double standards, the relentless misapplications of international law to which the Jewish State is exposed on a regular basis, in a manner unlike that of any other nation in the world.
Finally, as condemnation for the killing of Bin Laden has streamed in from the Palestinians - first by the "moderate" Hamas leader (and elected Palestinian Prime Minister) Ismail Haniyeh, and then by an imam at Jerusalem's al Aqsa Mosque - allow me to make a prediction: the Palestinians will name something after Bin Laden - a monument, a square, some public works project. This will happen in spite of $500 million in unconditional American aid lavished on the Palestinians annually. In the entire Arab world no one supported al Qaeda like the Palestinians.
Update: Now the Palestinian terror faction affiliated with the "moderate" Fatah party has joined its Hamas countrymen in denouncing the killing of Bin Laden. Together, the two groups are responsible for the vast majority of Palestinian violence against Israel, meaning that they represent a broad cross-section of Palestinian opinion, or at least the opinions of those that count, with all the guns:
The military wing of Fatah, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, published a long statement in reaction to the killing of Osama bin Laden calling it a "catastrophe." They said that those who killed Bin Laden were "gangs of heretics."Where else in the entire world, but even within the Middle East, have any leaders or power brokers demonstrated such inane stupidity as to poke the United States (and the most pro-Palestinian President in its history) in this long-sought moment of victory? This, to borrow a sports term, is what we call an "unforced error", like those images of Palestinians dancing in the streets as the Twin Towers fell on 9/11.