Listening to Mark Colvin on PM ABC radio driving home today, I was interested to hear that an Al-Qaeda senior operative, Al-Yazid, had been killed by a US Predator drone, along with his wife and 3 children. The Australian noted that a grand-daughter and other men, women and children were also killed in the strike.
Other than some comment that the killing was more symbolic than of great strategic import, little more was said or written other than it was generally good news.
The remarkable thing of course was that the attendant killing of wife, 3 daughters, granddaughter, men, women and children didn’t even rate a yawn from Mark Colvin or other press.. Now if that had been Israel …..
And indeed in another place a similar number of dead has caused hysteria and mass outrage (our intrepid Stephen Smith is shocked, absolutely shocked).
Caroline Glick takes a hard look at Israel’s performance, including its suboptimal response to the threats it faces.
and to complete the circle to Mustafa Al-Yazid, Vex News reveals that the Turkish organisation for Human Rights, Liberties, and Humanitarian Relief (IHH), whose militant members were on the Turkish boat where the violence erupted is intimately connected with al-Qaeda.