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Sunday, August 10, 2003

When is smoking a good thing? When Hezbollah is shelling the Galilee

from Naomi Ragen:
Friends,

At 12:15 p.m. Hezbollah terrorists shot anti-tank shells into the heart of the little community of Shlomi in the Galilee. They aimed for the shopping center, kindergarten, and the an old age home. A fifteen year old boy was killed, and others- miraculously- received light injuries. One of them was a man whose life was saved because he had a package of cigarettes in his shirt pocket that took the shrapnel that would have otherwise entered his heart. The doctor who examined him said:" People shouldn't smoke, but in this case, smoking saved his life."

Yesterday, the Hezbollah fired shells on Israeli army positions in Har Dov. Israel has protested to the United Nations.

I would like to ask my government what it plans to do about these unprovoked attacks on its civilian population? Or is one person dead not enough for them to act, as in the past they have allowed similar attacks to go on without response because miraculously there were no casualties? Or is waiting for miracles now going to be the official Israeli military policy regarding unprovoked attacks?

Mr. Sharon, I'm waiting.