The Corner

Fair Is Fair

An e-mailer writes in to remind me about Ahmed Bouchiki – a Lebanese waiter in Norway who bore a strong resemblance to a Mossad target after the 1972 Olympic massacre and was killed. This was an awful and tragic event, to be sure, and again, a serious work of art that could deal in the ambiguities of the situation might be able to portray the events in all their complexity. That’s not what Spielberg does. And if you believe the Munich massacre to be an act of war, as I do and the Israelis did, the moral responsibility for the death of Ahmed Bouchiki lies with the Palestinians. Why? Because they hid among civilians and did not wear uniforms. Read the Geneva Convention on this.