Monday, January 16, 2006

Dershowitz on Munich

This is from the Boston Globe, and the title is very apt: "Terrorism: Confusing cause, effect." A sample paragraph:
In the final scene of the movie, Avner asks his Mossad handler why Israel killed the Black September terrorists instead of arresting them. The answer, never given in the film, is that the arrest method had failed. Arrested terrorists were never tried and imprisoned for long. Between 1968 and 1975, 204 terrorists were arrested outside of the Middle East. By the close of 1975, only three were still in prison. George Habash, leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (a Marxist terrorist group responsible for some of the Palestinians' most brutal mass killing), noted that Europe's refusal to imprison terrorists meant that, when it came to plotting hijackings and bombing, ''success [was] 100 percent assured."
Dershowitz goes on to discuss PFLP member Leila Khaled, who was arrested and released after two different hijackings!

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