Terrorist acts that indiscriminately kill civilians are vile but an even more despicable strategy is the one known as the ‘double tap’. This is where in the immediate aftermath of the first attack, a second attack is launched on those who rush to aid the injured, wreaking even greater death and destruction.
The US government seems to have taken this despicable tactic as a model and expanded it to create its own version of the double tap. Following a drone strike that results in deaths, they follow up with a second attack targeting the first responders or another one even later aimed at mourners attending the funerals of those killed in the first. This is presumably justified on the basis that anyone who assists the injured or mourns the deaths of someone deemed to be an enemy of the US is also an enemy and thus deserving of summary execution.
Even the normally restrained George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley is moved to comment: [Correction: This was a post by guest blogger David Drumm on Turley's site.]
Obama’s “double tap” policy is nothing short of despicable. Obama has brought dishonor to America and to our founding principles. When America commits the same actions that we condemn when used by terrorists, we become terrorists. The liberals’ silence on this issue is shameful. If George W. Bush had adopted this tactic, the cries of protest would have been deafening.
We wanted change and we got it, from bad to worse.
What is news is not that the US government kills people it does not like all around the world. After all, such so-called ‘black ops’ by the CIA and other covert agencies have been routinely practiced for decades. What is truly disturbing is that when this kind of news is revealed, there is no outrage at all from the political and elite journalistic classes, except from those who are outraged that such news was revealed.