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Taking Out Mughniyah, Taking Out Terrorism

 

24 February 2008

By Yisrael Ne'eman

The elimination of Hezbollah’s military chief of staff and arch terrorist, Imad Mughniyah, on Feb. 12 was fully justified. Many are claiming Israel was behind his removal by car bomb in one of the most heavily guarded neighborhoods in Damascus despite official denials from Jerusalem. The Hezbollah is threatening revenge not only against Israel but against all Jewish targets abroad thereby making clear not only its objective of obliterating the Jewish State but also its enmity against all Jews.

Due to such threats many are doubting the wisdom of any Israeli action against terrorist leaders. Mughniyah was responsible for hijacking an American airliner to Beirut in 1986 and in the unprovoked bombings of the American Marine headquarters and US embassy in Beirut in 1983. Let us recall that the Marines came as a peace keeping force in the wake of the Lebanese civil war and Israel’s First War in Lebanon. Hezbollah’s previous leader before Hassan Nasrallah was Issad Mussouwi who was killed by Israeli helicopter gun ships in 1992. Hezbollah, in alliance with Iran, reacted by bombing the Israeli embassy and Jewish community center in Buenos Aires Argentina causing a heavy loss of life. Many fear a similar reaction(s) somewhere world-wide as a result of Mughniyah’s death.

Since then Mughniyah worked with the Hamas to increase terror activity while pursuing Hezbollah’s 2006 summer war (Second War in Lebanon) against Israel. Recently he was rebuilding Hezbollah’s Iranian trained and outfitted militia with new recruits and rocket acquisitions. He was responsible for planning terror attacks and initiating the next war against Israel. Sec. Gen. Nasrallah on Friday declared that the war with Israel will continue, “Destroying Israel is an inevitable outcome, a historic law, a divine doctrine,” and he insisted it will culminate in open conflict within the next few months.

Israel and the West must continue their full court press against terrorism regardless of who was responsible for Mughniyah’s death. All terrorists must be under unbearable pressure knowing that at any moment they may die. Anyone making the claim that terrorists should not be eliminated for fear of retaliation is living in a fantasy world since Islamic terrorists have every intent of attacking civilians (Jewish, Israeli or otherwise) to achieve political gain. They need no “provocation”. All must be on guard while the terrorists are made to pay with their lives for their deeds. It should also be recalled that the same fears arose after Hamas leaders Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and Sheikh Abdul Aziz Rantisi were taken out by Israel in 2004 and nothing happened. 2004 was the year Israel broke the back of the Palestinian Low Intensity Conflict/Terror Offensive (2000 – 04). Taking out Yassin and Rantisi were part of the success.

There are those who speak of a hudna (Islamic cease-fire). But the definition of a hudna is a cease-fire whose purpose is to allow the Islamic side to rearm, retrain and re-initiate the conflict until total victory and world Islamization. Furthermore, a hudna can be violated by the Islamic side when they are ready for an offensive. So what’s the point? It is best to continue the anti-terror offensive beyond the breaking point of the Islamists, never allowing them to breathe. The battle must be waged by everyone who has democracy at heart, whether one identifies with the Left, Right, religious, secular, liberal or conservative perspectives.

The only lesson from the Mughniyah liquidation is that such actions must be multiplied as much as possible. The political and terror leadership of Hezbollah, Hamas and certain other Islamist organizations are one and the same. A terrorist who doubles as a politician should not be immune to the anti-terror counter offensive. In practical terms this means eliminating Hassan Nasrallah, Ismail Haniyah, Khalid Mashal and anyone else who targets and attacks civilians for political gain. Simultaneously Israel and world Jewry must guard against a resurgence of the terror offensive.

It is a zero sum game war where Mughniyah and his ilk must be awarded the zero.