Umm, Iran, Can You, Like, Give Back Our Drone Please? [Updated]
Recently, I’ve been focusing on the double standards in the U.S. media and national discourse with regard to American foreign policy in the Middle East and greater Muslim world. This leads to absurdities like this:
President Barack Obama said today the U.S. has requested that Iran return the highly sensitive stealth drone that crash landed there two weeks ago, but an Iranian general already said that’s not going to happen.
“We’ve asked for it back. We’ll see how the Iranians respond,” Obama said at a news conference.
So, let me get this straight: the U.S. has been using surveillance from stealth drones to bomb and assassinate targets inside Iran, one of these drones goes down while flying inside Iran’s sovereign territory, and now the U.S. is asking for it back? This reminds me of childhood story an Indian friend of mine told me: his mother used to ask for her shoe back whenever she used to throw it at him.
A shocked Iranian military official replied:
No one returns the symbol of aggression to the party that sought secret and vital intelligence related to the national security of a country.
What do you think the United States would do if an Iranian drone was downed in U.S. territory? We all know the answer: bomb Iran back to the Stone Ages. Or, at minimum we would use drones to drop a few bombs on their heads.
Some Americans wonder why there are so many Muslim suicide bombers. Well, they don’t have drones, which are the American equivalent of suicide bombers. Drones have the added benefit that they can be operated without fear of any personal harm.
Drones are now America’s favorite Muslim killer, used against at least six different Muslim countries (Iran could be considered the seventh Muslim country to have this honor).
But, always remember: they (Iranians, Muslims, etc.) are so violent, and we are so peaceful.
JihadWatch’s Marisol just posted an article complaining about the fact that “Pakistan will shoot down any U.S. drone that intrudes its air space.” (h/t Believing Atheist) Marisol huffs: “So, does anyone still say ‘friend and ally?'”
The “threat” comes after U.S. drones violated Pakistan’s sovereignty for the millionth time and committed what under international law is considered an act of war: they bombed and killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. Some “friend and ally” America is.
This is not the first time American drones have killed Pakistanis. In fact, they have been doing so for many years, killing hundreds of civilians–including children.
If Mexico routinely sent killer drones across the border to snuff out American lives, what do you think the American reaction would be?
But in the Orwellian world of JihadWatch, it is the party that defends its sovereignty that is at fault (because it is Muslim) whereas the party violating sovereignty is justified in doing so (since it is fighting Muslims). Unfortunately, this bizarro world is not limited to the loony land of JihadWatch but rather exists in mainstream political discourse and is a part of conventional wisdom.