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March 05, 2003

A Massacre in Haifa

"In the first successful Palestinian suicide-murder attack in two months--or, as Reuters calls it, "a suspected Palestinian bombing"--a terrorist set off a bomb on a bus in Haifa, Israel, murdering at least 14 people. Hamas has not confessed to the attack, but it did put out a statement praising the massacre. "This is a clear message for the government that Israeli crimes, Israeli aggression will be answered by a well-effective resistance from the Palestinian side."

The reference to "Israeli crimes" presumably refers to the accidental killing of Palestinian civilians in antiterror raids. The Jerusalem Post reports that the Israeli Defense Forces "is to clarify its orders to soldiers in an attempt to cut down on the number of innocent Palestinians killed in IDF operations in the Gaza Strip recently." This is the difference between a civilized nation and a barbaric political movement: The former takes care to avoid killing civilians, while the latter aspires to kill as many of them as possible.

Ha'aretz reports that Israel's Foreign Ministry "has completed a rough draft of an international convention against suicide bombers and will soon begin distributing it to foreign governments in an effort to obtain enough signatures to make it a recognized international treaty." It'll be interesting to see how much support this draws from treaty-happy Europeans."
[note: link to WSJ Opinion Journal contains internal links]