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Israeli terrorism

February 18th, 2004 (10:10 am)

current mood: angry
current song: 10,000 Maniacs - Gun Shy

Today the leader of Hamas was assassinated by the Israelis.

Now, in itself, that wouldn't really get my attention; it's never a good thing when a government assassinates someone instead of arresting them, but it's better than, say, convincing young people to blow themselves up. What got my attention was the details: their target was an old man in a wheelchair, with no bodyguards. (He did have two assistants to help him with the wheelchair.) Rather than, say, sending a sniper to kill just the one man, the Israelis sent a helicopter, and fired three missiles. Not surprisingly, there was, as they say, some collateral damage: they killed the old man, his two assistants, his son, and possibly others. Fifteen people were wounded. It was extremely messy; even after his body was carted off, further remains were found spread around the area. Oh, and they did this while he was coming out of a mosque after morning prayers; the attackers had to know when they set out that there would be a crowd, and bystanders would be killed. They presumably could have targeted him some other time, but they chose to do it in public, to send a message. That is the act of a terrorist.

It's long past time to admit that Israel is a terrorist state. Civilized nations obey the Rule of Law. If someone is conspiring to kill your citizens, you apply the law and arrest him. (I do admit that the US no longer follows this rule, thanks to George III.) If, for some reason, you really, really can't manage to do that, and you have to assassinate him, you apply minimum necessary force, to make sure you don't kill anybody else. You do not fire missiles at a 67-year-old paraplegic surrounded by innocent bystanders.


Posted by: maestrateresa (maestrateresa)
Posted at: March 22nd, 2004 08:31 am (UTC)

Unfotunately, there is really nothing to say :(

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: March 22nd, 2004 02:11 pm (UTC)
Further update

It has come out that Sharon himself ordered and oversaw the operation.

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