Wednesday, March 24, 2004

They're Scared Shitless 

Conventional "wisdom":
"All of us understand Israel's need to defend itself and it is fully entitled to do that against the terrorism which affects it within international law. But it is not entitled to go in for this kind of unlawful killing and we therefore condemn it. It is unacceptable, it is unjustified and it is very unlikely to achieve its objectives."
-Jack Straw, UK Foreign Secretary
"The European Union has consistently condemned 'extra judicial killings'. In this particular case, the condemnation has to be even stronger. These type of actions do not contribute to dialogue and peace in the region. Neither will they bring less violence. The actions of today are bad news for the peace process. The discussion about a possible withdrawal from Gaza had just started. Today's action will not facilitate a positive outcome."
-Javier Solana, EU Council Secretary-General
"I must say, I do condemn the targeted assassination of Sheikh Yassin and the others who died with him. Such actions are not only contrary to international law, but they do not do anything to help the search for a peaceful solution. I appeal to all in the region to remain calm and avoid any further escalation in tensions."
-Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General

(Emphasis is mine)

Meanwhile, back in the real world:

Hamas has no plans to attack American targets, the group's new leader in Gaza said Wednesday, backing off earlier threats against Washington following Israel's assassination of its founder.
Hamas Chief Backs Off Threats Against U.S. (AP)
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat said Wednesday that he opposed attacks on Israeli civilians, amid calls by militants to avenge the killing of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.
Arafat Opposes Attacks on Israeli Civilians (Reuters)
The truth is that Israel killed one of the most prominent Palestinian terrorists and demonstrated that it will go after every level of the terrorist organizations that threaten its existence. Now the terrorists are scared shitless and don't know what to do. Here's a hint: stop sending children to blow up and kill innocent people, or you'll find yourself on the wrong side of a air-to-surface missile.
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