Larry Elder

"If other people in al Qaeda are really as sadistic as this guy seems to be, then we're really in for a long and awful war." National Public Radio's Daniel Schorr made this comment about the anti-American courtroom tirade of Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called 20th hijacker. Yes, Mr. Schorr, the Islamofascists -- the ones who want us dead -- are, indeed, that "sadistic."

This shows that a lot of people, who should know better, still don't get it.

Nelson Mandela, one of the world's foremost symbols of political moral authority, recently met with a Palestinian "activist." The BBC report about this encounter read as follows: "Former [South African] President Nelson Mandela was having a low-profile meeting with Palestinian activist Leila Khaled because he was 'not involved' in the Middle East conflict and does not wish to be dragged into it." Who is this Palestinian "activist"?

Leila Khaled's march toward fame began in 1969. She served as part of a team that hijacked TWA flight 840, a plane they assumed carried Yitzhak Rabin, then the Israeli ambassador to the United States. Rabin, however, was not on the plane. So the hijackers forced it to land in Damascus, and after the passengers and crew deplaned, the terrorists blew the plane up.

Khaled then underwent a series of plastic surgeries. Having successfully altered her appearance, Khaled, in 1970, boarded El Al flight 219 in Amsterdam for yet another hijacking. This time, onboard security foiled the hijacking by overpowering Khaled and killing her accomplice. The plane landed safely in London, although Khaled's co-hijacker managed to shoot a member of the flight crew. She spent a whopping 28 days in jail, before Britain released her as part of an exchange for hostages taken by other terrorists.

Khaled, please understand, rejects the label, "terrorist." "A terrorist, in my opinion," says Khaled, "does things just to bring harm to human beings with no political reason." Oh. Obviously, she and the BBC use the same dictionary. How many planes must one hijack to be elevated (or lowered) to the status of "terrorist"? Things could be worse. The BBC could have called her a "frequent flyer."

Larry Elder

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