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Compartmentalization of Terror

Sorry I haven’t been around today, I had to GSD (get “stuff” done). I agree with a lot of folks that the Yassin assasination will not obviously make things better for Israel in the short, medium or long run. Nevertheless could we lose all of the clever categories here? I was listening to NPR discussing the Yassin attack earlier. Several people asserted that Yassin wasn’t from the military arm of Hamas. Rather, he was merely a “spiritual” and political leader. Never mind that the “military” wing of Hamas received “spiritual” instructions from Yassin which in effect authorized mass murder. It seems to me that the West bought itself a pile of trouble when it started accepting these dichotomies between “military” and “civilian” arms of the same terrorist organizations. Did it start with the IRA?


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