Jewish World Review Sept. 22, 2003/25 Elul, 5763
Richard Z. Chesnoff
Self defense killings
Tracking down a terrorist and targeting him from the air is no stranger to U.S. policy. We do it, as we did just last year in Yemen, where a CIA- operated drone plane zeroed in on a car carrying one of Al Qaeda's top lieutenants and zapped him with a rocket.
Would anyone of decency object to our target-killing Osama Bin Laden if we spotted him from the air?
Yes, regrettably, Israel's campaign of targeting terrorists occasionally results in what military personnel call collateral damage - injury to innocent Palestinians. But cowardly Palestinian terrorists hide among civilian populations. And Israel's military planners insist that for every targeted killing they carry out, there are 10 or more that they have scrubbed out of fear of hitting civilians.
There are also those who claim that targeting terrorists provokes a cycle of revenge - as if Israel were responsible for terrorist bombings. What nonsense.
Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Yasser Arafat's Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and all the other Palestinian terrorist organizations were murdering Israelis and carrying out suicide bombings long before Israel initiated its current policy of targeted killings. Palestinian terrorist attacks on Jews began more than 75 years ago - long before the State of Israel was established, long before Israeli troops were in Gaza or the West Bank.
It is the very presence of a non-Muslim State of Israel with a Jewish majority and culture that is what these terrorists object to and are determined to destroy now or in the future. It is why the oft-heard argument that if only Israel were to pull its troops out of the occupied West Bank, tear down the security walls and grant the Palestinians full independence, everything would be hunky-dory is painfully simplistic.
Ever notice how the people who offer these arguments are the same people who still insist on calling members of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades "militants" rather than terrorists?
There are even those who question the morality of trying to target Hamas leader and founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin because he's a paraplegic. I've met and interviewed the sheikh twice. Yes, he is bound to a wheelchair, but he is an evil, bloodthirsty man who urges his followers to murder Jews and all Americans because they are Jews and Americans. He is as deserving of charity as Hitler was because he allegedly had only one testicle or Bin Laden because he has bad kidneys.
Like his followers, the squeaky-voiced Yassin believes that his campaign of
terror and murder will be rewarded with a one way ticket to paradise. I'd be
delighted if someone fired a rocket at him, thus providing him with an
opportunity to see if he's right. I know he's going to be disappointed.
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