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but, .....I repeat myself.
Suppose you were a heartless bastard, and suppose you were a Republican, but, .....I repeat myself. Mark Twain
Saturday, January 17, 2004
Miami Herald - Glance of Israeli Targeted Killings

Israel has a decades-long record of operations aimed at killing leaders of violent groups responsible for the deaths of Israelis.

Since fighting broke out in September 2000, more than 140 Palestinian militants have been killed in targeted raids, according to Palestinian medical officials, though that total also includes militants killed resisting arrest. They say more than 110 bystanders have also died in the raids.

Here are some of the most prominent and recent strikes:

_ February 1973: Israeli commandos enter Beirut by sea and kill three senior PLO leaders. One of the commanders was Ehud Barak, later Israel's prime minister.

_ January 1979: Israeli agents kill Ali Hassan Salameh in bomb explosion in Beirut. Salameh planned 1972 attack in Munich that killed 11 members of Israeli Olympic team.

_ April 1988: Israeli agents assassinate Khalid al-Wazir (Abu Jihad), Yasser Arafat's deputy in PLO and commander of operations in West Bank.

_ February 1992: Lebanese Hezbollah leader Sheik Abbas Musawi killed in southern Lebanon in Israeli helicopter strike.

_ October 1995: Islamic Jihad leader Fathi Shakaki killed by gunmen in Malta. Israel assumed to be responsible but does not comment officially.

_ January 1996: Hamas master bombmaker Yehiyeh Ayyash killed in explosion of booby-trapped cell phone in Gaza. Israel assumed responsible.

_ September 1997: Two Israeli Mossad agents arrested in Jordan after botched effort to assassinate Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal.

_ January 2002: Raed Karmi, leader of Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades in the West Bank, killed in Israeli attack.

_ July 2002: Hamas commander Salah Shehadeh killed with 14 others when Israeli plane drops one-ton bomb on his Gaza house.

_ September 2002: Hamas commander Mohammed Deif wounded in Israeli airstrike.

_ March 2003: Ibrahim Makadmeh, senior Hamas strategist, killed in Israeli airstrike in Gaza.

_ June 2003: Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi wounded in Israeli airstrike in Gaza.

_ Aug. 21, 2003: Three Hamas members, including prominent leader Ismail Abu Shanab and two bodyguards, killed by helicopter missile strike. One bystander killed, at least 15 others wounded.

_Aug. 24, 2003: Four Palestinians, all Hamas activists, killed in helicopter strike in Gaza City. More than a dozen bystanders injured.

_Aug. 26, 2003: Two Palestinian bystanders killed in helicopter strike in Gaza City. Another bystander dies the following week.

_Aug. 28, 2003: One Hamas activist killed by missile strike in southern Gaza. Three others injured.

_Aug. 30, 2003: Two Palestinians, both members of Hamas, killed by Israeli strike. Two bystanders injured.

_Sept. 1, 2003: One Hamas member killed by missile strike, one bystander dies later of injuries. At least 25 others wounded.

_Oct. 20, 2003: Fourteen Palestinians killed in Israeli missile strike in Nusseirat refugee camp in Gaza, according to Palestinian count. Number of militants killed remains under dispute. Palestinians say two dead belonged to armed groups; Israeli military puts figure higher.

Well, so much for the rule of law.

I was under the understanding that conservatives thought that the rule of law was a requirement to be a modern democracy.

PS. Putting a bullet in the back of the head of a known terrorist may not be legal, but it can be understood and forgiven, Dropping a bomb from a airplane on someone's house in the middle of a city is not only illegal and immoral , it's downright stupid.

Israel kills 196 Palestinians in targeted killing in 2003: report

GAZA, Jan. 6 (Xinhuanet) -- The Israeli assassination operations in2003 claimed the lives of 196 Palestinians, 106 of whom were civilians, said a report released Tuesday by a number of humanitarian and legal institutions.

According to the report, the year of 2003 has witnessed the largest number of Israeli assassinations against the Palestinian militants since the outbreak of the intifada (uprising) in September 2000.

The Israeli army carried out assassinations during raids into the Palestinian territories by dynamiting houses and bombing cars as well as using bomb letters or packages, the report said.

During the past year, the Israeli army assassinated Hamas political leader Ismail Abu Shanab and carried out two failed attempts on senior Hamas representatives Abdel-Aziz Al-Rantisi, Ismail Haneya and Mahmoud Al-Zahar.

In addition, Hamas spiritual leader and founder Ahmad Yassin also narrowly escaped an Israeli assassination.

The report termed June the bloodiest month of the whole year, during which the Israeli army carried out 11 assassinations that claimed the lives of 36 Palestinians.

In September, Israel carried out 11 similar operations and killed 14 Palestinians, including seven who were not targeted but happened to be at the scene of the attack, the report said.

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