Monday, April 19, 2004

Kerry: Rantisi's Killing Justied

This is from the Jerusalem Post (reg. reqd.) What can I say other than "very good, sir"?

US Senator John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said on Sunday Israel's killing of Hamas leader Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi was justified because Israel "has every right in the world to respond to any act of terror against it."

"Hamas is a terrorist, brutal organization," he told NBC's Meet the Press. "It has had years to make up its mind to take part in a peaceful process. They refuse to ... and I support Israel's efforts to try to separate itself and to try to be secure."

Kerry's attitude is refreshingly different from the usual cant served up by the likes of the EU on this issue. Why is it wrong for the Israelis to kill the leaders of an organization that has explicitly declared itself to be "at war" with Israel?