Monday, March 22, 2004

Good News and No News

Israel's war on terrorism seems to being going pretty well, at least as far as killing terrorists goes. Early this morning the founder of Hamas was killed by an airstrike launched by the Israeli military. Whether or not this will seriously damage Hamas' ability to harm Israeli civilians, but contrary to the claims of some in the press, I don't think it could really undermine Israel's security.

I wish the same could be said for our own attempts at fighting terrorism. It seems that the "cornering" of Bin Laden's right-hand man, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was simply a rumor blown way out of proportion and the US government is backing away from these claims. As Josh Marshall noted a few days ago, there was no particularly compelling reason to think that we were any closer to capturing any jihadists of importance.


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