"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Just When You Thought It Couldn't Get Worse 

Let's hope that this announcement (which will probably get lost in the background noise here in the States, but which I expect may get much more attention elsewhere) is nothing but bluster:
A spokesman for gunmen in the Gaza Strip said they had fired a rocket tipped with a chemical warhead at Israel early on Thursday.

The Israeli army had no immediate comment on the claim by the spokesman from the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed wing of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement.

On a practical level, this claim is probably pretty insignificant. If any of the Palestinian groups actually have chemical weapons (al-Aqsa Martyrs Bragades claims to have "about 20" such warheads suitable for delivery on thier missles), they are no doubt quite crude and ineffective. The symbolism of such an event, however, would be enormous.




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