Reflections on Entebbe

Burnham, James
August 1976
National Review;8/6/1976, Vol. 28 Issue 29, p834
The article reflects on the Entebbe operation against pro-Palestinian terrorists and hijackers of Air France's Airbus A300 Flight 139 on July 3-4, 1976. The special operation was initiated by the Israeli Defense Force to free the hijackers. The successful operation was appluaded, yet condemned by anti-Western forces. There are several conclusions that can be derived from the operation. First, it is a fallacy to believe that one can settle moral problem of terrorism by declaring all terrorists action wrong. Second, the operation showed that in political and military, will is the decisive factor. Third, it is a mistake to suppose that an exact line can be drawn between terrorism and war.


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