- The Washington Times - Friday, April 23, 2004

The outcry over the Israeli assassinations of Hamas leaders Sheik Ahmed Yassin and Abdel Aziz Rantisi is pure hypocrisy when the U.S. is engaged in seeking out the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden in order to assassinate him and any of his associates. Or at a time when Spanish police, if they could have reached the suicide bombers in time, would probably have pre-emptively shot dead the perpetrators of the March 11 Madrid train massacre two weeks ago.

Hamas has been declared a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department, as well as Canada, Australia and the European Union.

What would be the French reaction if Israelis engaged in suicide bombings or other terrorist acts against civilians in the Gaza? How would the hate-Israel BBC react if, day after day, Israel targeted women and children in terror bombings?

Let me present a list, compiled by Emeritus Professor R. J. Rummel, of 15 Hamas terror attacks against Israelis in the last three years:

• June 1, 2001, genocide bombing of a Tel Aviv discotheque, murdering 21 people, and wounding 120.

• Aug. 9, 200,1 genocide bombing of a Jerusalem restaurant, murdering 15 people, and wounding 130.

• Dec. 1, 2001, double genocide bombing on Ben Yehuda Street pedestrian mall in Jerusalem: 11 dead, 188 wounded.

• Dec. 2, 2001, genocide bombing of a No. 16 bus in Haifa, murdering 15 people and wounding 40;

• March 9, 2002, genocide bombing of a Jerusalem cafe, murdering 11 people, and wounding 54.

• March 27, 2002, genocide bombing of a Netanya hotel on first night of Passover: 30 murdered, 40 wounded.

• June 18, 2002, genocide bombing of a No. 32A bus in Jerusalem, murdering 19 people, and wounding 74.

• Aug. 4, 2002, genocide bombing of No. 361 bus at Meron junction, murdering nine people, and wounding 50.

• Nov. 21, 2002, genocide bombing of a No. 20 bus in Jerusalem, murdering 11 people, and wounding 50.

• March 5, 2003, genocide bombing of a No. 37 bus in Haifa, murdering 17 people, and wounding 53.

• May 18, 2003, genocide bombing of a No. 6 bus in Jerusalem, murdering seven and wounding 20.

• June 11, 2003, genocide bombing of No. 14A bus in Jerusalem, murdering 11 and wounding more than 100.

• Aug. 19, 2003, genocide bombing of a No. 2 bus in Jerusalem, murdering 23 people, and wounding more than 130.

• Sept. 9, 2003, genocide bombing of a Jerusalem cafe, with seven people murdered, 70 wounded.

• Jan. 29, 2004, genocide bombing of a No. 19 bus in Jerusalem, murdering 11 people, and wounding 44.

This is war: Arab jihadism against the only democracy in the Middle East. Hamas affirms it is at war with Israel. Is this war any different from the Islamist war waged in Iraq today as Iraqis try to establish a second democracy in the Middle East? What should Israel do when a rocket barrage fired from Lebanon hits Israeli settlements as happened April 20?

Article 51 of the U.N. Charter reads: “Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defense if an armed attack occurs against a member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security.”

Perhaps, the U.N. Security Council ought to try to persuade Hamas to lay off.

Arnold Beichman, a Hoover Institution research fellow, is a columnist for The Washington Times.

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