When I decide to be insolent—like in this article—it is in the form of words. You may read them until you find something offensive and then drop the article. If I were preaching impertinently, you could stand up and leave the room. This straightforward technique works superbly with the unpleasant people that make their raison d’ètre to harass others.
Unluckily, when a president and his administration decide to be insolent, they kill. They shamelessly ignore their own legal principles, international law, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and let’s be sincere, thousands of years of civilization. In a typical reductio ad absurdum fashion, let me ridicule the new policy of the American government, written under the eminent leadership of Barack Hussein Obama II, 44th President of the United States.
According to the new codex, an American postman—a definitely well-informed civil servant—who doesn’t like one’s mail, may decide to execute the obvious terrorist on the spot without any legal process. Imagine what would happen if he doesn’t like your dog.
The Obama Codex
The document issued by the American government is so disturbing in its show of ignorance and savagery that I will mockingly refer to it as “The Obama Codex.” It was disclosed on the evening of February 4, 2013, by Michael Isikoff of NBC News; issued by the US Department of Justice, it deals with policies related to the USA drone war, including the government’s justification for killing American citizens (The Obama Codex). The 16-page memo was given to Congress in June, but is not the final Office of Legal Counsel memo that news organizations have sued to obtain.
The Codex claims that high-level administration officials may order the killing of senior operational leaders of al-Qaida or an associated force even without evidence they are actively plotting against the U.S. In order to approve the assassination, the civil servant must determine that the target is an imminent threat, that capture is infeasible and that the operation is “conducted consistent with applicable law of war principles.” In order to undermine the propagandistic definition, let me remind that a third-generation, 16-year-old American citizen was assassinated in such a fashion while sitting in a coffee shop. There is no proof that he was even remotely linked to any wrongdoing.
Reactions to the document are wild. Jameel Jaffer of the American Civil Liberties Union said, “some of its arguments don’t stand up to even cursory review,” adding “the paper only underscores the irresponsible extravagance of the government’s central claim.”
Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU’s National Security Project, called it “profoundly disturbing.” She added “it was hard to believe that it was produced in a democracy built on a system of checks and balances, it summarizes in cold legal terms a stunning overreach of executive authority—the claimed power to declare Americans a threat and kill them far from a recognized battlefield and without any judicial involvement before or after the fact.”
Apparently nobody has pointed out until now the disturbing fact that the American government can issue a game changing document without asking the People.
This is not a war!
In Alabama, Obama was deep underground, hiding from his people within a military bunker. On a large screen, he could see the innocent face of a 16-years-old American. The latter was sipping a sweet cup of coffee with cardamom (properly known as “hel” in the Middle East); unluckily for him, he was doing so in Yemen, from where his grandfather had immigrated.
“Where do I sign?” the eminent Leader of the Free World, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, asked. “Here sir,” a sergeant answered. Nearby, a young soldier held a joystick. “Here it is,” the World’s Freedom Fighter said, handing back the signed document. “Click,” was the sound that emanated from the soldier’s hand. Seconds later, the coffee shop disappeared in a cloud of American hatred.
The sad truth is that this is not a war. What America claims is the enemy never formally declared it. America failed to prove the cause of 9/11. Considering that the American government was suspiciously fast in the destruction of the crime evidence, whatever it claims is irrelevant. The only thing we know for sure is that American violence is the American way to boost its military industry; America the Beautiful, America the Killer.
A cup of hel with Saint Obama
Dear President, Leader of the Free World and its Colonies, I apologize for my insolence. I know that by American standards, you are well-educated; Ivy-League educated. Thus, I assume that you are capable of understanding basic moral concepts, despite these being despised by your side of the world. You claim that certain people did you wrong. You gave them a generic name, and keep claiming they perpetrated a crime that its perpetrators are unknown because the evidence was destroyed by your government. In moral terms, you claim to be better than them. If so, how does perpetrating the same crimes make you better? Moreover, why your people should choose your rule over the rule of those blamed by you, if both sides do not respect human life? I am confused, Mr. President, and you lack the righteous leadership needed to straighten up the situation. I apologize for calling your policy the “Obama Codex,” in fact it is the “American Book of Terror.”
Ro’i Tov is the author of “The Cross of Bethlehem.” His website is Words from a Christian Israeli Refugee.