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A suicide bomber blew himself up on a packed Jerusalem bus on Tuesday, killing at least five people people, police and paramedics said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. However, the militant Islamic Jihad has said it would avenge the killing of a senior operative by Israeli troops last week.

It’s rather difficult to see how deliberately murdering civilians makes up for the assassination of a terrorist. Even if we wish to pretend that the Palestinian militants are a legitimate military force rather than criminals, their leaders during a period of wartime are combatants.

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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. melvin toast says:

    Israel needs to threaten the US with their WMDs. Then
    the US Marines would occupy Jerusalem and the terrorists
    Israel just released would end up in Gitmo.