Debra J. Saunders

The Palestinians have staged huge celebrations to welcome back the first group of prisoners. I don't get it. I wouldn't want people who blew up innocent children back in my homeland under any circumstances. I certainly wouldn't want the bad public relations just as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is trying to win statehood through the United Nations.

On Tuesday, Bauer, Fattal and Shourd appeared at an Occupy Oakland protest. Bauer told the crowd, "This is the perfect place to celebrate our freedom."

And he's right, because he is safe. In Iran, hikers can be grabbed as political pawns. In the Middle East, an Israeli soldier can be held as a bargaining chip to release terrorists. In Oakland, Calif., occupiers may break the law as they pitch their tents in front of City Hall. For that, the worst they need fear is that they'll be cited and released.

Debra J. Saunders

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