Tuesday, October 07, 2003

Israeli Response Weak
In response to 19 murders, Israel bombs some empty buildings. What? Is Bill Clinton advising Ariel Sharon these days? While the fact that the attack is well inside Syria is considered by the AP to be a major escalation, I think this is insufficient. I also think it is kind of far afield. I would target the West Bank.

Israeli warplanes bombed what the military called an Islamic Jihad training base in Syria on Sunday in retaliation for a suicide bombing at a Haifa restaurant. It was the first Israeli attack deep inside Syrian territory in more than two decades.

A senior commander from another radical Palestinian group — the Damascus-based Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command — said the camp was one of their deserted bases, not Jihad's. The attack injured a civilian guard, the commander said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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