Monday, March 22, 2004

By now, you probably all know that Sheikh Ahmed Yassin was assassinated early this morning. Memri supplies some excerpts from a 1998 interview of Yassin by Al-Quds. Asked whether he expected Israel to attempt to assassinate him, Yassin replied,

"I will be very happy if that happens. I wish they had done it already -- if they have the talent for it. The day in which I will die as a shahid [martyr] will be the happiest day of my life."

You have to wonder why, if he was so eager to be martyred, he never took the initiative to detonate himself as he encouraged so many others to do. Oh, well. I'm happy that he's happy.

The international community is not so pleased. British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, for one, lamented the death of an "(elderly man) in a wheelchair." Is he for real? This nice old man was responsible for the deaths of thousands of people, many of them Palestinians. Regardless of one's opinion of Israel's action, this sort of statement is unjustifiable.

Allison Sommer has a few words on the fatalism that's overtaken the Israeli public. How depressing.

Sorry about that little foray into global events. The world is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore. On a completely different note, here is an interesting site on asexuality. It may or may not be relevant to the preceding discussion. I figured I'd let you decide.

Oh, yeah. Rav Uri tells us that when he checked on March 21st, KeshetJTS was alive and well. As of now, it seems to be alive but not very well. Stay tuned.

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