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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Uri Avnery, Blood and champagne, February 16, 2008.

Israel's Irgun veteran turned peace activist delivers some choice ironies in his comment on the Israeli assassination of Hezbollah icon, Imad Mughniyeh. But when Nasrallah promises revenge, there is no irony when Avnery notes that "for a long time already, people in Israel believe Nasrallah much more than Olmert." Half-a-dozen well-known examples suggest the cure is worse than the disease.

"True, one killjoy Western commentator argued on Aljazeera that Mughniyeh had dropped from sight because he had ceased to be important, that his great days as a terrorist were in the 80s and 90s, when he hijacked a plane and brought down the Marine headquarters in Beirut and Israeli institutions abroad. Since Hizbullah has turned into a state-within-the-state, with a kind of regular army, he had - according to this version - outlived his usefulness."

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