Assad wets himself after flyover, demands Hamas release Shalit

posted at 9:42 pm on July 5, 2006 by Allahpundit

If it’s Israeli propaganda, it’s oddly placed: a Palestinian news source broke the story, claiming that Assad panicked after the IAF buzzed his house last week and told Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal to let Gilad Shalit go. Mashaal allegedly refused and hopped a plane for Algeria together with some of his aides.

Sounds too good to be true, and yet:

The al-Arabiya TV news network later said that a senior Syrian source confirmed that Hamas politburo head Khaled Mashaal and other senior Hamas members have left Syria.

According to the report, the senior source in Syria reported that Mashaal left the country three days ago. The station cited Hamas sources denying the report, however.

Hamas sources in Gaza are denying it too. But then, they would, wouldn’t they?

Coincidentally, Shalit’s captors have relaxed some of their demands tonight. Israel says they know he’s still alive, but an Israeli expert on international law concedes that Shalit isn’t a POW for purposes of the Geneva Conventions. He’s not being held by a state, you see. He is, however, entitled to some basic rights under Article 3 of the Conventions — and if that sounds familiar, it should: it’s the same provision that now applies to the jihadis at Gitmo thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision in Hamdan.

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Palestinians and Hamas are nations with rights? Since when do kidnappers have international rights? Sigh, the world turned upside down.

docdave on July 5, 2006 at 10:48 PM

I wonder if the terrorists are giving him a Torah and treating it with respect. Any bets?

Kevin M on July 5, 2006 at 11:49 PM

I wonder if the terrorists are giving him a Torah and treating it with respect. Any bets?

Of course they are Kevin! You don’t think that a group of murderous thugs would behave murderously thuggish toward Shalit do you? They love the international prisoner conventions. In fact, I believe I heard somewhere that Hamas has decided to use rubber tipped rockets when they launch at Israel, plus less than lethal suicide belts just so they don’t traumatize their Jewish victims during their attacks.

ScottG on July 6, 2006 at 12:05 AM

Hehe, that should be the new UN demand. All rockets and bullets of the world need to be made of rubber, or better yet, styrofoam. The EU would back it!

Kevin M on July 6, 2006 at 12:25 AM

Damn shame that they did not drop a bomb when they flew over Assad’s house. Maybe next time…

DannoJyd on July 6, 2006 at 12:42 AM

Think about this: Syria’s hold on Lebanon has only been possible through the support of Iran. Iran also finances Hamas and empowed the PA. Iran also has been sending money/fighters into Iraq to contribute to the “insurgency”-actually they are pawns being used to frustrate our “Chessgame”, and the entire world changes in a hurry if:
Israel, to protect itself, takes out the Iranian Nuke capabilities,(Check) or
we topple the government as we did Hussein’s regime.(Checkmate) The Iranian people do not want to remain under the thumb of the Mullahs anymore than the Iraqi’s loved Hussein. The older iranians remember the social advances under the Shah. The younger ones see freedoms next door in Iraq and Afghanistan, and want to enjoy them also.
President Bush has said it many times: People desire to be free. A free world is a world free from war. And it could happen in our lifetimes.

Doug on July 6, 2006 at 1:18 AM

We oughta let Israel handle our light work (syria) for us while we take out the iranian mullahs in a coordinated attack. They hit gaza and syria as we hit iran from Iraq and Afghnistan. We could help Israel by also hitting syria from Iraq. Two down simultaneously (‘at the same time’ for you lefties). That’d be four muslim countries now in the Free catagory.

Now, what to do with Saudi Arabia…

Tony737 on July 6, 2006 at 6:25 AM

If they did fly out, Israel should have pulled an Admiral Yamamoto on their a(.)es!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on July 6, 2006 at 8:37 AM

Kevin M, Styrofoam’s a no-go. Not environmentally sensitive. Maybe those biodegradable starch puffed peanut things would be good enough to tip rockets with…

NTWR on July 6, 2006 at 9:24 AM

Hmmm…. maybe we need to “do an Israeli” over Kim Jung’s little hacienda…. with a full squadron of F-22s?

Burn in low and fast in supercruise…. stealthed up… pop up over the target…. maybe drop a few “Kilroy was here” leaflets…

Or maybe just a few copies of Team America????

Romeo13 on July 6, 2006 at 10:27 AM

I worry that most of the people in the Middle East are too addicted to being slapped around by a strong man and too lacking in moxie to realize they must do what it takes to get a handle on Islamic religious leaders. The Islamic dogma is “all the worlds knowledge lies within the Koran”. (What about NFL football, duck calling, and Spanish verbs?) At some point, Middle Easterners are going to have to cowboy up and take the wheel or remain intellectual and cultural road kill under some strong man.

Shmo on July 6, 2006 at 10:33 AM