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Tuesday, June 03, 2003

Would the U.S. release mass murderers as "goodwill gesture" to Al Qaida?


Here we go again. President Bush is fighting the war against terror by pressuring Israel to release terrorists with Jewish (and in this particular case, Arab) blood on their hands. Abu Sukkar who, on July 4, 1975, detonated an explosives-laden refrigerator in Jerusalem's Zion Square, killing 14 people and wounding more than 70, is scheduled for release as a "gesture".

Let me get this straight: Post 9/11 the release of mass murderers is a "good-will gesture" except if the blood of U.S. citizens (not those killed in Israel, mind you, they are the exception) are involved? When Americans die, we invade and destroy countries, and track down lists of war criminals. Have I got that right, Mr. Bush, Mr. Powell?

Naomi Ragen

For further information on the fridge bomber, see the New York Times article, "Palestinian bomber, freed after 28 years, talks peace." Don't let the headline fool you.