Sunday, July 23, 2006

posted by Ofer

Nasrallah the Hypnotist

Today I came across a three year old article in the Washington post by Smadar Haran, wife of Danny and mother of 4-year-old Einat, who died at the hands of Samir Kuntar in 1979. Samir Kuntar is a Lebanese citizen and a terrorist who is currently sitting behind bars in an Israeli prison. 10 days ago, Nasrallah specifically mentioned Kuntar as one of the Lebanese prisoners he would like in exchange for the two abducted Israeli soldiers.

The current consensus in the Arab world is that Nasrallah's methods may be extreme, but his intentions are good. Most moderate Arabs, especially Lebanese citizens, believe that the Lebanese prisoners in Israeli jails are patriotic and heroic freedom fighters which should be released as soon as possible. Samir Kuntar shot Danny Haran in front of his daughter and then smashed her little scull with the butt of his rifle. He did this in retaliation to the signing of the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt. He was not fighting for anyone's freedom. He is anything but a hero.

If an Israeli citizen were to commit these murders, he would spend the rest of his life in prison. If an American citizen, a French citizen or a Chinese citizen were to commit these acts on Israeli soil, he would spend the rest of his life in an Israeli prison. Kuntar did not deny the allegations against him, and was sentenced by an Israeli court to life in prison. There is no rational argument in favor if releasing this cold-blooded killer. Nevertheless, the consensus in the moderate Arab world is that Kuntar must be released if there is ever to be peace in the region.

Of course, this is not all Nasrallah's doing, but he has certainly played his part. Using his phenomenal charisma, Nasrallah has sugar-coated his fanatical ideology. Legitimizing Kuntar is just one example. Nasrallah has somehow convinced the Arab world that his radical agenda is reasonable. He is truly a hypnotist.


Blogger ran said...

nice pic.
as an israeli I find it strange that people are convinced by this guy. he looks like your architypical villain (as does Netanyahu...). I guess the lebanese don't see the right hollywood movies...

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