Sunday, February 25, 2007

Kidnappers' Demands

CNN reports that Hamas has a message for the father of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit-

"Send a message to your government's leaders, not to Hamas, to release your son."

Of course the demand is that terrorists currently serving time in Israeli jails be released in exchange. What struck me about the CNN article was the insertion of this section-

While the Hamas party controls Palestinian politics, Hamas militants have at times continued to operate on their own without the apparent support of Hamas political leaders.

It essentially implies that the kidnapping of the Israeli soldiers might have been done without the knowledge of the Hamas leadership- they then go on to mention the aid freeze and the unity government. Which is not only a preposterous notion but one belied by the fact that the message for Shalit's father was delivered by none other than Khaled Meshaal, the political chief of Hamas. Note too that Shalit is described as being "captured", not kidnapped.

Nothing like a little spin to soften the terrorist's image.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There is only one way to deal with terrorists: shoot to kill!

Keeping them alive in prisons encourage their fellow terrorists to commit more atrocities.