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Submitted by Dave M. O'Neill (United States), Mar 22, 2005 at 16:47

Again kudos for focusing on a key point in the struggle against terrorism. I do not see how anyone could trust the people who run Hamas , Islamic Jihad, et.al, after their behavior during the Oslo experience. These men are responsible for ordering the murder of hundreds and hundreds of innocent civilians in the name of destroying the Jewish state.

And as you say, how can the offer of mundane jobs such as running schools and fixing potholes induce them to change their ways? How will they be able to live with themselves if they ever really gave up their glorious objective?

But even if they could get themselves to do this, there is a moral imperative that should not be overlooked. These men committed evil acts--they had every chance to live and let live with Israel as IDF troops disengaged during Oslo--but they chose instead to keep on murdering civilians. As was pronounced at Nuremberg, men have to be held responsible for their acts. The leaders of these groups must be killed, or captured and punished. I am sure that Prime Minister Sharon will follow this course.
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