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Tuesday, August 17, 2004

The Hornet's Nest

Quick thought as I near bedtime.

I noticed that, in a move that will surprise no one and accomplish nothing, Israel has apparently just killed five more Palestinians while trying to assassinate another senior Hamas official.

It's hard to argue about the assassinations of most of the people targeted from a strict justice perspective. Most of them are pretty contemptible people - they target innocent Israelis and don't even have the guts to sacrifice their own life for their cause.

But I would think wonder from a practical perspective that these killings, even if they are successful and appropriately selective, as many of them, like this one, are clearly not, actually do more harm than good. Not only do they help make Israel an international pariah, each killing makes the international news and encourages someone somewhere to become an Islamic terrorist. Especially in Palestine.

The "iron fist" approach doesn't seem to be working very well. Yassir Arafat may not be the Gandhi or Mandela the Palestinian people desparately need, but someone needs to find that person, if they're out there.


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