Sunday, April 18, 2004

ScrappleFace: "'The autopsy showed that Abdel Azziz Rantisi died of a virulent, contagious kind of cancer that destroys the mind, and by natural cause-and-effect, the body,' said an unnamed Palestinian coroner. 'Although you may have read that Rantisi and Yassin died from Israeli missile attacks, that was just the coup de grace. The condition that really killed them is like HIV. You don't die of HIV, you die from something else because you have AIDS. These men died of missile attacks, but the attacks were caused by the wasting disease that infected their minds and hearts.'"

Yes, I know that it's satire, but I still sort of like the classification. However you may feel about assasination in general, the world is better off for the death of these two men. They were murderers who begat murderers through their work. If these attacks help to disrupt Hamas for even a week they were worth it.

Even better, by staging this attack less than a month after Rantisi was named the new leader of Hamas, Israel has effectively told the organization that its leadership has a shelf-life of a month. And, by taking him out right after a suicide-bombing (apparently perpetrated by Hamas) Israel has made it clear that the assasinations will follow as retaliatory measures. So, to start with, who's going to want to step up and take the Hamas reins next? And, once someone does, is he really going to want to approve a suicide strike? He's going to have to believe that martyrdom promise pretty fully to be open to that idea.

UPDATE [4/18/2004 - 21:04]: CNN.com - Rice: Bush had no warning on Rantisi strike - Apr 18, 2004: "The United States did not know Israel was going to kill Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice said Sunday."
She also said: "We have said repeatedly to the Israelis that, while we understand and support Israel's right to defend itself, that it's extremely important that Israel take into consideration the consequences of anything that it does."

You know what? Maybe that's because it's none of our business.
I'm a hawk when it comes to Israel, that's obvious. And this might merely be a result of my bias, but I'm tired of the world criticizing Israel when it takes steps to protect itself. There is no other situation in history when a free nation has faced a constant threat from every country surrounding it, faced constant attack on its citizens. If the situation were reversed, and Israel were attacking Palestinians, if the Palestinians carried out a targeted strike on one of the people organizing those attacks, I would say the same thing.

The fact of the matter is, if we took out UBL, and Israel, or any other country in the world for that matter, said "we weren't notified," we'd flip out. Rantisi is no different than Bin Laden. I said the other day that Arafat is a mini Bin Laden. Rantisi and Yassin were full-scale terrorists. They never made any bones about the fact that they wanted to eliminate the state of Israel, and every one of its citizens. Under those circumstances, I say that Israel was justified, and we should keep our mouths shut.

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