From the Eastern Daily Press, Friday, March 26, 2004:
Allies united in immoral deeds
Re Sheik Ahmed Yassin, Chris Fisher [EDP columnist] is right in saying (EDP March 23) that Mr Bush and Mr Blair are "poorly placed" to lecture Ariel Sharon on the subject of assassination.
All three have acted unlawfully and immorally in carrying out or supporting similar deeds. The decision is made to summarily execute an individual and the rule of law is set aside. (Is that not a form of state terrorism?)
The term "targeted assassination" seems to imply a degree of accuracy in pinpointing the person to be killed without causing harm to others. The reality is quite different.
The guided missile or bomb, even when accurate, is always too powerful for the task and innocent people in the vicinity are killed or maimed.
This seems little different o tossing a hand grenade into a crowded room to kill a single person who might be there.
In the case of Sheik Ahmed Yassin, his murder will set in motion acts of revenge and counter revenge.
Those who will pay the cost are the many decent Palestinians and Israelis who will be killed, injured or bereaved in the coming months.