Lest We Forget

Friday, August 04, 2006

Lest We Forget

Across the globe, tremendous anger has been vented at Israel for the airstrike last Sunday that killed more than 60 civilians in the Lebanese town of Qana. Yet it’s worth remembering, as the New York Times reminds us, that Hezbollah’s major goal in precipitating the latest fighting was to free a prisoner who had brutalized civilians:
When Hezbollah guerrillas sneaked into Israel last month, killing and capturing Israeli soldiers and setting off the current crisis, their goal was to trade them for a Lebanese man held by Israel.

The prisoner, Samir Kuntar, was part of a cell that in 1979 raided an apartment building in the northern Israeli town of Nahariya, terrorizing the Haran family. Mr. Kuntar shot Danny Haran in the head, killing him, while his daughter, Einat, 4, watched, then smashed the girl’s head in with his rifle butt, killing her as well.
Israeli officials have said that the strike on Qana was in error — that another site was the intended target. This explanation is a small consolation to those who lost loved ones in Qana, but this explanation is at least plausible — if for no other reason than Israel's desire to avoid the fallout in world opinion that comes from causing civilian casualties.

But it's hard to see how Hezbollah could possibly say that the '79 murders of a father and daughter that Samir Kuntar committed were mistakes.

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