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Jordan Threatens Slaughter, World Not Outraged…

…and neither am I :

(Richard Fernandez) Obama may be leading the world in offering condemnation for the death of Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist beheaded by ISIS when authorities failed, in some way, to comply with their demands to release bomber Sajida al-Rishawi.  But it is Jordan which may have seized the popular imagination when it threatened to summarily execute all its ISIS prisoners should a hair on the Jordanian pilot in the gunmen’s custody be hurt.

Elijah Magnier, chief international correspondent for Kuwait’s Al Rai newspaper, told MailOnline: ‘I have reliable contact in the Jordanian government who says a message has been passed to ISIS.

‘It warns that if they kill the pilot they will implement the death sentences for Sajida and other ISIS prisoners as soon as possible.

Such an action would certainly meet with disapproval from the international legal community. Recently some lawyers were deeply disturbed by recently revealed details describing CIA and Mossad involvement in the death of Imad Mughniyah.  They blew him on a Damascus street with a directional bomb.

Now Mughniyah was wanted for a string of crimes including, but not limited to the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, the attack on the embassy in that city which killed 63 people, the 1984 kidnapping and torture of the CIA’s station chief in Lebanon, William F. Buckley. The officials said Mughniyah arranged for videotapes of the brutal interrogation sessions of Buckley to be sent to the agency; the 1985 hijacking of TWA Flight 847 and the slaying of U.S. Navy diver Robert Stethem, a passenger on the plane … the planning of the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia.

But for America to kill him illegally even though the detonation signal was technically detonated by the Mossad is more than some lawyers can bear.

“It is a killing method used by terrorists and gangsters,” said Mary Ellen O’Connell, a professor of international law at the University of Notre Dame. “It violates one of the oldest battlefield rules.” …

Mughniyah was targeted in a country where the United States was not at war. Moreover, he was killed in a car bombing, a technique that some legal scholars see as a violation of international laws that proscribe “killing by perfidy” — using treacherous means to kill or wound an enemy.

If the lawyers can muster such outrage over Mughniyah, how much indignation will they feel for ISIS?  It will be interesting to see how the State Department reacts to Jordan’s announcement. They surely cannot endorse collective punishment or support such a blatant violation of the Geneva Convention as Jordan suggests.  To countenance this action would clearly be an abandonment of all international law.  If so why are some of the public cheering on Jordan?

Because maybe they are tired of lawyers and “lawfare”…  Yet whatever the lawyers say,  the real oldest battlefield rule is to kill the enemy before he kills you. Now this observation may offend listeners on most campuses, but it is nevertheless true.  As George Patton once put it, “I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor, dumb bastard die for his country.” …

Sherman noted the beast of war can never be taught manners.  However, he can be put back in a  cage through the operation of victory. Victory brings peace, and peace brings healing. But modern political leaders have an abhorrence of victory and prefer to string along conflict for as long as possible, actually intervening when one side — like Israel for example — threatens to win. In this way the evil of victory, the curse of a “military solution” can be indefinitely avoided.  The pursuit of that holy grail, the negotiated settlement continues apace.  There are no more knockouts in international relations; just a bare-knuckle eye-gouging brawl that goes on for 100 rounds, with the man behind on points revived by speed and dextrose so that he can answer the bell.  This is the humanitarianized conflict of today…

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