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Monday, August 30, 2004

Letting Terrorists Off Easy?

Rudy Giuliani seems to think the release of the 1972 Olympics terrorists has some relevance to the post-9/11 war on terra. Memo to Rudy: the 9/11 attackers COMMITTED SUICIDE! I don't think these terrorists really give a crap about having a pleasant retirement after their careers are over with.

Rudy also (surprise!) left out a relatively important fact about the Munich attackers' release:

In the aftermath, German authorities captured and imprisoned the three surviving terrorists. This limited success was overshadowed two months later when, on October 29, a Lufthansa jet was hijacked and a demands made for the release of the Munich three--and they were released, without consultation with Israel. Speculation persists that the hijacking was a set-up intended to ease Germany's humiliating failure at Furstenfeldbruck. This was later confirmed in a U.S. documentary by a Palestinian guerrilla involved in the massacre. At the time, he was the only one not yet assassinated by Mossad.

None of this is to excuse the German government's conduct, which does sound rather shady indeed, but it's not like they just released the terrorists for the hell of it after a few months either--there was a hijacking involved.

Creative bit by Rudy combining the flip-flop attack on Kerry with mockery of Edwards and the Two Americas. I don't think the terrorists are going to be attacking "rural areas" any time soon, though.