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Death Takes a Cowardly Killer from the World
posted January 31, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – The average American,
burdened by ignorance on matters of historical significance, will not
notice the death of a man a couple of days ago whose passage through
life meant the deaths of thousands of innocent men, women and children.
George Habash, the founder of the Popular Front for the Liberation of
Palestine, was 82 at the time of his death from pneumonia in a Jordan
hospital, which was 82 years more than this rat deserved to live.
Habash was little known outside of Palestine in the early 1960s but his
brooding evil mind brought to the world the horrors of airline
hijackings and bombings in public places.
Habash is regarded by those familiar with the roots of terrorism as the
father of the cowardly acts against the innocents whose lives were
snuffed out by explosives in the public parks, city streets and
shopping centers of the Middle East and elsewhere.
“When we hijack a plane or explode a bomb in a market place, at a place
of worship or a school it has more impact than if we kill 100 Israelis
in battle,” the cowardly demon once remarked.
Habash was not only ruthless in his quest to drive every Jew out of the
Middle East, but one of the luckiest terrorists alive. Time and again
he escaped traps set for him by Israelis and others who tried to purge
this evil from the world.
I came to know about Habash years ago while working as an editor for a
daily newspaper. From time to time stories would come over the
international wires dealing with acts of terror against the innocent,
and I grew both angry and tired of seeing the pictures of lifeless
little children being removed from the wreckage of buildings.
Habash boasted that he learned about terror by reading of the exploits
of the Vietnamese Viet Cong and the terror squadrons employed by the
butchers who tried to take over the world during World War II. He
obviously was a good student.
Habash was described as a devout Marxist in a story telling about his
death. Marxism gave the world communism and people like Lenin, Stalin,
Mao, Ho Chi Minh and Castro used the evil ideology to put to death
millions of people.
The world’s liberals regarded Habash as a man on a noble mission, which
was to free Palestine and turn it over to the Arab millions who,
themselves, have given the world nothing but misery and death since the
founding of Israel in 1948.
I am not an apologist for Israel, but the leaders of that nation, from
the day of its birth in 1948, attempted to get along with their
Arab neighbors, providing them with education, jobs, medical care and
the other necessities of life. But always the twisted reasoning that
afflicts too many of the world’s religions proved to be an
insurmountable barrier to peaceful co-existence.
Habash, who rose to prominence in the late 1960s, was an equal
opportunity offender of anyone who did not share his philosophy. At one
time or another he was told he was not welcome in places like Egypt,
Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. In fact his murderous organization and the
Palestinians were thrown out of Jordan for failing to behave.
Habash’s unholy legions took over the front pages of the world’s
newspapers in 1969 and 1970 by starting their rage against the world
with the bombing of a supermarket in Israel and hijacking of three
western airliners in Jordan.
Habash said the acts of violence were his way of calling attention to
his organization and the Palestinians. He complained that for too many
years world public opinion had failed to take sides with his group, so
he used the murderous rampages to get the world’s attention.
Habash followed up bombings and hijackings with demands that all of the
Arab governments enter into peace negotiations with him and his gang.
The problem with negotiating with criminals is that honest and sincere
people never win and sooner or later, usually sooner, the criminals are
setting down the terms of negotiation and sitting in the seats of power.
Most people will find it astonishing that Habash graduated first in his
class from medical school at the American University in Beirut,
Lebanon. And most people will find it even more astonishing that this
sadistic killer was the son of well-to-do parents who belonged to the
Greek Orthodox Church, a radical departure from Islam, the dominant
religion of the Arab world.
During the four to five decades after he picked up his medical degree,
the monster of the Mideast lived in the shadows, but spent every day of
his life plotting the deaths of anyone he considered alien to his
warped cause and calamitous vision of what life should be like in not
only the Palestine territories but the entire Arab world.
Habash overplayed his hand in late 1970s when he ordered the hijacking
of western planes and blowing them up. Habash’s acts forced King
Hussein of Jordan to impose martial law and Jordan’s army chased the
Palestinians and Habash out of the country and into Syria and Lebanon,
In his later years, Habash toned down his actions but never gave up his
rhetoric of hate. He found himself living from the proverbial pillar to
post and spent his final years in Jordan where he was kept under close
watch by military intelligence agencies and national police forces. His
death has, thankfully, called off the watch - for a time, at least.
People like Habash always leave behind apprentices who can be more evil
than their teachers.
Habash’s decision to follow medicine as a profession leaves behind a
reminder or two. A tradition of the medical profession is that
all doctors pledge allegiance to the Hippocratic oath, The oath written
by the great doctor Hippocrates in ancient Greece mandates that those
in the healing professions promise to “first do no harm” to those
seeking medical care.
The Hippocratic oath meant little to George Habash, who has gone to his
grave with the blood of hundreds of thousands, many of them small
children, on his hands. One must ask compassionate and caring people
how any man committed to helping others could kill so many people
without a single sign of remorse.
If there is a Hell and if there is justice in the afterlife, then I
suggest that George Habash has had his hands full over the last few
days. And, if I interpret my Bible correctly, he will have his hands
full for all of eternity, suffering the misery, pain and agony that is
promised those who violate one of God’s commandments.
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