Thursday, May 05, 2011

Bin Laden and Eichmann

From Jerusalem, one reader of the International Herald Tribune compares Osama Bin Laden to Adolf Eichmann. Although I don't agree with Hana Senesh's "greater moral victory" stance in the first paragraph, the rest of the letter is interesting:
Regarding the killing of Osama Bin Laden: I think there would have been a greater moral victory had this arch terrorist been captured alive, interrogated for intelligence purposes and then put in an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs, and placed on trial, instead of being granted the martyr’s death he craved.

Israel awoke with the news of Bin Laden’s death on Holocaust memorial day. The Jewish people suffered the equivalent of a 9/11 every day for over five years during the Holocaust. Fifteen years after the end of World War II, Israel captured Adolf Eichmann, one of the chief architects of the Holocaust. He is the only person ever executed on conviction by a civilian court in Israel, which is too often portrayed as the worst of nations.

Nowadays, Israel faces a threat from Palestinian terrorism, which has killed a far higher percentage of Israeli citizens than the percentage of Americans who were killed on 9/11. I hope that America will support Israel if it manages to eliminate its own Osama bin Ladens.

Hana Senesh
Givatayim, Israel

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