Friday, September 01, 2006

Egypt Still Aiding/Abetting Terrorists

Egyptian officials have told their Israeli counterparts in recent days that in exchange for the release of 500 Palestinian female and juvenile prisoners, the kidnappers of Cpl. Gilad Shalit would be willing to release the IDF soldier to Egyptian custody, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

Two officers from Egyptian intelligence are currently stationed in the Gaza Strip and are said to be in touch with the actual kidnappers, who have passed on to them their demands.

The official Israeli government stance has been that Israel refuses to negotiate the return of Shalit so as not to encourage the kidnapping of additional IDF soldiers.

Good! Eygpt has been too willing, able and ready to "assist" Hamas, Fatah and other gun-runners in Gaza Strip by either looking the other way or outright assisting in the movement of illegal arms to the Palestinian terrorists. And this is not something new. This has been going on for many, many years.

As recently as the January, 2002 interception of the Karine-A illegal arms shipment of the Palestinian terrorists passing through Egyptian-controlled Red Sea. This was a huge embarrassment to Egypt--being caught in Yassar Arafat's pocket that way--but it clearly hasn't stopped them from continuing the game. And in case you're skimming the linked article (with its long list of the munitions seized by the IDF, be sure to notice the last 2 paragraphs:
On October 18, 2004, an Israeli military court sentenced the captain of the Karine A, Omar Muhammad Hassan Akawi, to 25 years in prison. Two officers, Riad Salah Mustafa Abdullah, and Ahmed Mahmud Abed al-Khadi Khiris, were sentenced to 17 years each for their role in the smuggling effort. A fourth suspect, Salem Mahmud Husseini el-Sankri, was set free in a Hizbullah prisoner swap after all the charges against him were dropped.

Akawi, Abdullah and Khiris were also involved in the Lebanese San Torini weapons smuggling ship that was intercepted by naval forces on May 7, 2001. That ship, also destined for Gaza, contained anti-aircraft missiles, RPG rockets, mortars, mines, rifles and guns sent by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Why am I quoting a 2-year old story? Because it's the same story today as it was then. Same players, same illegal and lying, cheating, card-shuffling tactics. The only difference today is that the names Hamas, Fatah and Hezbollah seem to be mutating into "official" associations of some kind on the world stage.

It's sickening that so little has changed, such clear and qualitative lessons are in our near-term past and yet... we keep treating the terrorists as though they are something better, something worthy of negotiation, something worthy of our time and effort and breath to speak to them.

They are not worth it. They are terrorists. Do not negotiate with terrorists.


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