The reason should be obvious: terrorism is not, and never has been, a grassroots, bottom-up movement. It is a top-down indoctrination industry that relies on brainwashing and a handful of key organizational leaders.
The young Palestinians who blow themselves up in the name of ?martyrdom? (and getting their families huge paydays) do nothing more than detonate. The bombs are built for them, and the date and location of the attacks are chosen by the likes of Yassin and Rantisi?and, of course, Yasser Arafat.
What Israel is attempting is to cut off the head of radical Islamic terrorism. Will this work? It?s hard to say what the exact impact will be, but it certainly can?t make things any worse, no matter what many so-called experts have predicted.
It is impossible to radicalize further a population that has been brainwashed since childhood not just to hate Jews, but to kill them. It starts with the textbooks, if not with ?delightful? nursery rhymes, and then teens and adults are fed a daily dose of such swine through the Arafat-controlled Palestinian media.
And lest we forget, Hamas? stated goal is to eliminate the Jewish state. So if its members need the killing of their leaders to stick to their original goal, that can only mean they were slacking off before. Which we all know, sadly, was not the case.
With its leaders marked for death, Hamas might not succeed in getting what it wants. But at least Rantisi did.
Shortly after his predecessor Sheikh Yassin died, Rantisi said, ?We will all die one day. Nothing will change. If by Apache or by cardiac arrest, I prefer Apache.? Thankfully, his wish came true.
Joel Mowbray, who got his start with Townhall.com, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.
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