Monday, March 22, 2004
The best line about the highly timely passing of Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin was from Mark Levin on his WABC show, when he said "Now Yassin is a real spiritual leader." I won't apologize for finding that line funny. People are going to die because of this assassination, but people have been dying--horribly--in Israel for years. Any Israeli calculation of a cost/benefit ratio for the Yassin hit could only conclude that the Palestinian hate-meter was already stuck at 11. The Palis long ago exhausted the vocabulary of Jew-hatred, and now there are no more superlatives:
"Words cannot describe the emotion of anger and hate inside our hearts," said Hamas official Ismail Haniyeh, a close associate of Yassin.
So, thought the Israelis, why not wipe out the bastard who sends 12-year-olds out to kill three-year-olds? The official Israeli press release on the assassination called Yassin "the mastermind of all evil," and I didn't find the title all that hyperbolic. R.N.I.P.