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.... they have a new leader but want him to remain anonymous as long as possible.
The appointment of Dr Mahmoud Zahar, 53, was kept secret as he joined tens of thousands of Palestinians at the funeral of Dr Rantissi.
Israel has also targeted, but failed to kill Dr. Mahmoud al-Zahar. (Sept. 10, 2003.) Before the attack on al-Zahar, he was quoted in the New York Times praising the March 2002 Passover attacks against Israel:
“Forty were killed and 200 injured — in just two operations,”al-Zahar said with a smile.” (April 4, 2002.)
Al-Zahar once explained to the BBC that “all Israelis are militants ... [there are] no civilian Israelis.” (Oct 3, 2001)
Originally posted by specialasianX
Does anyone other than me think Israel are purposely causing trouble in a time when the entire region (not just Israel-Palestine, but Iraq too) and alot of the Muslim world are feeling a little opressed and anti Jew/American...
Originally posted by KrazyJethro
Personally I think they have a better idea of how to handle the situation than us in this department.
Kill the terrorists. Assassination is much better than blanket bombing.
Originally posted by specialasianX
Ok i just had a huge long post reply to his which i lost... Man that sucks... i was writing it for ages... so sorry if this one is sub-standard...
First and foremost i see a huge difference in Osama and the Hamas leaders, Hamas are defending the palestinian land from an occupying force, and although Osama is essentially fighting for the same cause, he's attacking the USA and the occupied lands arent his homeland. And now Israel have pledged to kill Hamas leaders in exile in other countries (syria), kill arafat (which they promised the US they wouldnt do, but who cares its Israel they can do anything) and also to murder Hezbollah leaders (for the record hezbollah is recognised by the US, Israel, Australia and very few other nations as a terrorist group sydney morning herald 20/04/04)
It seems to me that everytime israel does anything (Murdering Hamas leaders, Building the wall, Bulldoaing houses etc etc) the international community frowns down on their actions (but never condemn as they have a powerful friend). Why is Israel allowed to continue on like this, not only unchecked, but with military and financial aid from the USA. If feel the USA supplying Israel will cause problems (i mean MORE problems) in the future. Kinda rigs a bell doesnt it? The USA supports a tyranical state then a few years down the line the state they upport turns their back on the USA (doesnt ring a bell? can you say Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan... say them slowly... theres more too)...
The biggest issue on the world stage right now (terrorism and phony wars against said terrorism) has stemmed from Israels occupation of the Palestinian territories. What gives Israel the right to thses lands? Their sacred to the Jews? Newsflash their sacred to muslims and christians too. In fact the Israelites left that land a couple of millenia ago... what gives them the right to march in and demand it back (through blowing up hotels and other terrorist actions in the early 20th century... hmmm whos the terrorists now???). In my eyes Israel are as much terrorists as Hamas, the difference is Israel is a state and has hi tech weaponary... so i guess that makes it ok then.
And when tensions are high they go off and make things worse! Better now than when things cool down a bit? How about better never and try to give peace a chance? How about not stealing land? How about not killing 20 people to get to one possible suicide bomber? How about listening to the rest of the world before they use force to get you to listen? How about NOT violating UN resolutions? Dont you think these ideas work better than annoying an already annoyed people? If they kill the Hamas leadership more people will step up for the roles... kill them? more will come... the more they kill the worse the situation gets. As the 'legitimate' country in this situation why dont they take responsibilty and make the steps towards peace?
If the US doesnt put Israel in their place someone else will, and that someone else may then come along and put the USA in its place too... ah one can only hope...
For the record i dont support terrorism which is why i dont support Israel.