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March 21, 2004
Sheik Yassin Killed in Gaza

Israeli military forces killed Sheik Ahmed Yassin, the "spiritual leader" of the Hamas terrorist group, in a raid on his Gaza City neighborhood:

Witnesses said Israeli helicopters fired three missiles at Yassin and two bodyguards as they left the mosque, killing them instantly. Hamas officials confirmed that he had been killed.

Yussef Haddad, 35, a taxi driver, said he saw the missiles hit and kill Yassin and the bodyguards. "Their bodies were shattered," he said.

Yassin was by far the most senior Palestinian militant killed in more than three years of Israeli-Palestinian fighting.

Predictably, hundreds of Palestinians called for revenge. But here's the problem -- over 75% already support the indiscriminate killing of Israeli citizens that this "spiritual" leader directed, so calling for revenge is nothing but a redundancy. The Israelis literally have nothing to lose anymore by targeting senior terrorist leadership, since none of them have ever given any indication that they will accept anything less than the extinction of Israel, one bus or coffee shop at a time.

Quite frankly, the Palestinians themselves are becoming irrelevant. Until they quit blowing people up, I really have no interest in their self-inflicted misery. Let's hope that this is just the beginning of a string of Israeli military successes against the same kind of people who bombed Madrid and slaughtered 3,000 Americans on 9/11.

Goodbye, Mr. Yassin. You won't be missed by any but a select few, and with any luck they'll be joining you. Soon.

UPDATE: The Commissar at the Politburo Diktat awards Yassin the Order of the Red Banner ... POSTHUMOUSLY. Yup.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at March 21, 2004 10:10 PM

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