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The anti-semitic double standard

By Jonathan J. Ariel - posted Friday, 20 February 2015

Clearly the world is agog with delight by the way HM King Abdullah II of Jordan has answered the murderof Jordanian pilot First Lieutenant Muadh al-Kasasbeh. In an appalling video, well produced for mobile devices by tech savvy foot soldiers of Da’esh (Islamic State), the pilot was placed like a rat in a cage, sprayed with a flammable liquid and set ablaze to an excruciating death.

Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! Such were the shoutsof members of the public who caught the execution’s video as it was screened in a public square in the Da’esh stronghold of Raqqa, Syria. The public’s delight at seeing another human being burned to death demonstrates a troubling psychopathy shared by the al-Kasasbeh’s Da’esh butchers and Hitler’s Einsatzgruppen members 75 years ago.

His Majesty was in Washington DC meeting US President Barack Obama when he learned of this slaughter.


Immediately he excused himself, wanting to return to the Jordanian capital, Amman, telling his American hosts, as he boarded the plane, that the Kingdom would pursue Da’esh until the ends of the earth and the end of time. Or to put it in his exact words “until Jordan’s military runs out of fuel and bullets.” With Obama promising to keep the Jordanian air force flying and armed (but refusing to provide Predator drones), HM has time, weapons and popular support on his side.

He promised: “retribution like ISIS hasn’t seen”.

And surprise, surprise the king actually kept his word. Unlike promises from the lips of some world “leaders” – for instance in Paris and Bruxelles - for who talk is cheap. And Jewish blood cheaper.

Before his private chef could deep fry some felafel balls, the King hung two terrorists who were hitherto enjoying Jordanian hospitality at Suwaqa Prison, some 80 kilometres south of Amman.

Da’esh had pretended to bargain for these two with the life of the pilot. Soon after the hanging, Da’esh felt the sting of the Hashemite’s missiles.

In the first few days of an air campaign, the Royal Jordanian Air Force destroyed 55 Da’esh targets, flying over 5,000 sorties. Air Force chief, Gen. Mansour al-Jabour, stated that about 7,000 Da’esh fighters have been killed, with the promiseof many, many more to come. Inshallah!


In addition to combatants, non-combatants also die in war. Nearly two weeks ago we learned that an American prisoner, Kayla Mueller, held hostage by Da’esh, might have been killed by a Jordanian airstrike. Then again, maybe she was slaughtered some time ago and Da’esh could be using the attacks on it as a cover for its heinous crime.

While President Obama and others misrepresented this woman’s CV, the facts of her case are very distressing.  She wasn’t a peace activist as her parents claimed. She wasn’t trying to ‘make things better for everyone in the Middle East” as Obama asserted.  In fact, her work with the International Solidarity Movement and its great mates, Hamas, reveals she was unfortunately part of the problem: a friend of Terror Ltd.

Back to Jordan.

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Jonathan J. Ariel is an economist and financial analyst. He holds a MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. He can be contacted at

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