Two Deaths

Peretz, Martin
April 2004
New Republic;4/5/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 12, p38
This article asserts that Israel was right to assassinate Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin. Just about every world leader one can count on to be sanctimonious has condemned Israel's killing of Sheik Ahmed Yassin, the founder and" spiritual" leader of Hamas. ) Kofi Annan, the pope, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana--they all sang more or less the same trope: Israel's missile strike was a criminal act. If anybody really believes it was wrong for Israel to kill Yassin, they must also believe the United States should immediately give up the pursuit of Osama bin Laden and Ayman Al Zawahiri. The litany of innocent Israeli civilians murdered by Hamas alone from March 4, 2001, to March 14, 2004, is more than 300, and the wounded and maimed number in the thousands (these figures exclude victims of the other Palestinian" liberation fronts," including Arafat's multiple militias). Ahmed Yassin was, according to the newspaper cliche, Hamas's" spiritual leader."


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