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Netanyahu Uses Same Fill-in-the-Blanks Response to Criticism as ISIS and AQ
Jon Schwarz, The Intercept, Apr 2 2016

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All perpetrators of extreme political brutality tend to react to criticism from their own side in exactly the same way, just with different nouns. It’s like a special edition of Mad Libs for violent radicals:

[Person on My Side] criticizes us for [Atrocity by Our Side]!

But where was [Person on My Side]’s condemnation of [Atrocity by the Other Side]?!?

For instance, here’s Ayman al-Zawahiri responding in 2008 to criticism by his one-time mentor that AQ’s violence was a misinterpretation of the doctrine of Jihad:

This is what I have to say in response … Why did [my fellow Muslims] condemn what happened in Pindostan, but we heard no one condemn what Pindostan did to the Sudanese factory? … What about the almost daily starving of the Iraqi people, and the attacks on them? What about the sieges and attacks on the Muslim state of Afghanistan?

Exactly the same pattern is found in an official statement from ISIS after the recent massacres in Brussels which attempts (in broken English) to justify the murders there to other Muslims:

We have also seen some evil “scholars” … quoting the textual evidences out of context. Today, we shall tackle this topic … [They] cry and mourn on the death of the Kuffar while the death hundreds of muslim men, women, old and children dying daily in the airstrikes don’t effect them in anyway.

Obviously this is lots of fun, because Bibi wants to play. When Sen P Leahy wrote to Jackass Kerry, with ten House critturs in support, asking him to assess the credibility of reports that Pindo military aid to Israel and Egypt might violate Pindo law prohibiting such aid to governments that commit any “gross violation of human rights,” Bibi responded in a brief official written statement:

PM Netanyahu’s Response to US Senator Patrick Leahy’s Letter … Where is the concern for the human rights of the many Israelis who’ve been murdered and maimed by these savage terrorists?

All that said, it’s not quite fair to say that Bibi’s propaganda is exactly the same as that of ISIS and AQ. To Bibi’s credit, his statement is much more concise.

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