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Friendly Fire

Reader comment on item: The Fatal Stabbing of Angelo Frammartino, Palestinian Apologist

Submitted by Cervantes (Japan), Aug 29, 2006 at 01:24

This was a clear example of friendly fire. It happens in war! Angelo Frammartino's parents know this! He is, now and forever, a martyr to the Palestinian cause—much like the tragic incident involving those poor two Israeli Arab children killed "accidentally" by Katyusha rockets in Nazareth. Like the mother of Ashraf Hanaisha, all Sheik Hassan Nasrallah could do was apologize to the victims' family: "Some events like that happen. At any event, those who were killed in Nazareth, we consider them martyrs for Palestine and martyrs for the nation. I pay my condolences to them." (A translation: "I'm sorry! We thought your two kids were Jews. But they're in heaven now. Martyrs to the Palestinian cause.")

Again, friendly fire is a part of the "grim calculus of war." Soldiers in the field accept this, as do their families. Ditto: Rachel Corrie, her family, and those at Evergreen State College who sent her understand this concept as well.


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