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Turning a child killer into a hero

&ldquo;What can you say about a people who welcome a child murderer as a hero?&rdquo; asked Mona Charen in <em>The Washington Times,</em> after Hezbollah operative Samir Kantar was released in exchange for the bodies of two

Mona CharenThe Washington Times, Israel

“What can you say about a people who welcome a child murderer as a hero?” asked Mona Charen. The question must be asked after Israel released Hezbollah operative Samir Kantar last week as part of an exchange for the bodies of two kidnapped Israelis. Back in 1979, Kantar was on a death squad that randomly attacked an Israeli family in Nahariya. Kantar shot the father, Danny Haran, in the head—as his 4-year-old daughter, Einat, watched in terror. “Kantar then repeatedly smashed Einat’s head against a rock with his rifle butt, killing her, too.” Another child, 2-year-old Yael, died when her mother accidentally suffocated her while trying to keep her “from crying and betraying their hiding place.” Last week, the coward responsible for this horror “walked down a red carpet that was arrayed for him in Beirut.” The government declared “a national day of celebration,” as tens of thousands of Lebanese cheered, waved flags, and threw confetti. Lebanon’s speaker of the parliament declared: “Today is the time of victory!” If smashing a child’s skull is victory, what chance is there of peace?

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