January 16, 2004

Conflict Intensification Watch

Here comes a big storm:

"Deputy Defense Minister Zeev Boim said Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin topped the list of those the military is stalking.

"Sheik Yassin is marked for death, and he should hide himself deep underground where he won't know the difference between day and night. And we will find him in the tunnels, and we will eliminate him," Boim told Army Radio on Thursday night."

Bush should call Sharon in the next day or two and tell him to "isolate" rather than kill Yassin, ie. the Arafat approach. I fear his death at IDF hands would set off 3-6 months of major carnage in the region. Nor, unlike UBL, do I believe he is important operationally to Hamas terrorists. I'm not sure how much Israel would gain, security-wise, by killing him.

Posted by Gregory at January 16, 2004 01:25 PM
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