Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Israel trades live prisoners for dead soliders

The Israeli government today traded five Hezbollah terrorist for the bodies of the two soliders that were kidnapped in 2006 which started the war with Lebanon. Israeli intelligence had suspected the soliders were dead, but only got confirmation when Hezbollah pulled the caskets out of the van. One of the terrorist released, Samir Kantar, killed a four year old girl by mashing in her head with the but of a gun after shooting her father in front of her. Hebozlah celebrated his return has he had been in a Isreali prison since 1979. "Samir Kantar is a brutal murderer of children and anybody celebrating him as a hero is trampling on basic human decency," said Mark Regev, a spokesman for the Isreali Prime Minister.

The Israeli people believe that it was important to bring the soliders home and that the deal was worth it, I disagree. Trading live terrorist for dead soliders makes it more likely that the terrorist will kidnap and kill soliders again to get their comrades released. If the Soliders had been kept alive I wouldn't have such a problem with the switch, even though it would have still have encouraged Hezbollah to do it again. Israel puts it's soliders and it's people in greater danger with this deal. What reason is there for Hezbollah to keep hostages alive?

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