Sheikh Ahmed Yassin
A reader, "Rosemary", replied to my appeal for a compassionate refelection on the dreadful situation of the Palestinians in Gaza with typical Israeli-type spin by ignoring my piece and attacking "The supposed leader of Hamas based in Lebanon (sic) - well away from the current hostilities". I am guessing that she was referring to Khaled Meshaal, the Hamas political leader-in-exile, living in Syria. She went on, "Why does he not share the danger or be condemned (as) a coward in the Arab world?"
Do you extend this same criticism to Jose Ramos Horta and other Fretelin leaders during Indonesia's murderous occupation of East Timor, Rosemary? And Charles de Gaulle when France was under Nazi occupation?
Think about it. The life of Ismael Haniyeh, Prime Minister of Gaza, hangs by a thread as the Israelis pursue their long-standing practice of assassinating the Palestinian leadership. Those considered a threat are murdered, the more moderate rot in Israeli prisons, the compliant are propped in position. Possibly the lowest point in this campaign of terror came in 2004 when Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the 67 year-old, paraplegic and virtually blind spiritual leader of Hamas was blown up, together with nine bystanders, in a targetted assassination.
One measure of a civilised society is that it extends its compassion to all, regardless of race, religion or creed. Those which feel no empathy for their victims are rightly labelled sociopathic. Think about it, Rosemary.