Wednesday, September 08, 2004


BESLAN [John Derbyshire]
In the midst of our horror at what happened in Beslan, let's not forget that this isn't the first time Islamic terrorists -- Whoops! Sorry! I mean "rebel insurgents" -- have invaded a school and deliberately murdered little children. From the "Letters" section of America's Newspaper of Record today:

"On May 15, 1974, Yasser Arafat's terrorists took over a school in the northern Israel town of Maalot. They murdered 22 children and wounded 60 before they were killed by Israeli commandos. An American doctor who was vacationing in Israel treated many of the survivors. He reported that the Arab gunmen aimed at the faces and heads of the children.

"The objective of Islamist terrorists is to inflict the most sadistic death possible on the victims. If the Republicans and Democrats in Washington don't get serious about securing our borders and controlling immigration, we can expect to see a repeat of the school takeovers by terrorists in Russia and Israel right here in the United States.

"We can't let that happen."


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