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Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Israeli police kill four alleged terrorists in gun battle, world reacts in horror and consternation. No, just kidding. Actually, it was Jordanian police who killed four alleged terrorists, in a poor neighborhood of Amman.

So, modest proposal, part II: If Israel wants to avoid criticism and outrage for killing terrorists, maybe they should just change Ariel Sharon’s name to King Hussein, Jr. Can you imagine the outrage that would have graced the newswires had Israeli police, rather than Jordanian police, killed four alleged terrorists after surrounding them in a house in a poor neighborhood? All the folks who were bemoaning Israel’s assassination of a genocidal terrorist a few days ago will, no doubt, be similarly protesting Jordan’s deadly anti-terrorist measures, just as soon as they’re done, um, watching American Idol, or something. Yoo-hoo, Kofi et al, anybody home? Divestment, anyone? I didn’t think so.

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