You know the expression, “if you’re going to be a bear, be a grizzly”? It means whatever you pursue, pursue it to the max. Grizzlies are, presumably, the baddest-ass bears of the forest.
Similarly, if you’re going to be a terrorist, be an Abu Jihad. A man of many accomplishments, and owner the best terrorist name this side of Mullah Dadullah. They’re both dead; their names die with them, unfortunately.
Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has granted a post-mortem honor to arch-terrorist Abu Jihad, who was responsible for the murder of at least 125 Israelis in numerous terror attacks that he planned, including a bus hijacking in 1978, in which 37 civilians were murdered.
Official PA TV News reported that Abbas, in order “to honor the founding leaders and the first generation of the Palestinian revolution and the PLO, and out of loyalty to their history of struggle,” chose to decorate Abu Jihad with “the highest order of the Star of Honor.”
At the ceremony, Abbas handed the award to Abu Jihad’s widow. Secretary-General of the Presidential Office, Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, read aloud the “decree” signed by Abbas, calling terrorist Abu Jihad “the model of a true fighter and devoted leader,” and praising him for “his honorable national role”.
Among the military operations planned by Abu Jihad: the explosion at the Zohar reservoir in 1955; the operation to blow up the Israeli National Water Carrier in 1965; the operation at the Savoy Hotel in Tel Aviv, which killed 10 Israelis, in 1975; the blowing up of a truck bomb in Jerusalem in 1975; the killing of Albert Levi, the senior sapper, and his assistant, in Nablus in 1976; the Dalal Mughrabi operation (i.e., bus hijacking), in which more than 37 Israelis were killed, in 1978; the shelling of the Eilat Port in 1979; the Katyusha fire on the northern settlements [in Israel] in 1981…”
In a post earlier today (about Palestinian “honor” killings), I likened Arab occupiers to caged animals in the zoo. I regret that comparison. If Abu Jihad and his ilk were animals, they would have been put down long before (Israel did the world a favor and finally took him out in 1988).
This is like giving an award to a rabid pit bull. How do you make peace with such “people”? Why?
This will be my Christmas card to John Kerry this year:
Wishing you a very Dalal Mughrabi Christmas!