Popular Terrorists

Citing press reports that the Israeli assassination of scumbag Hamas leaders has made the terrrorist group more popular, Steven Taylor wonders what evidence exists.

1) The event just happened, so I am not sure we know the full effects yet, 2) if they are “strapped for cash” doesn’t that beg the question of how popular they are, and 3) by what measure does the reporter assess this new found popularity?

Indeed. I suspect it has to do with the fact that the reporters had that notion going in and the fact that a lot of folks showed up for the funeral.

Speaking of which, watching the coverage of Rantisi’s funeral yesterday, wherein lots of Hamas leaders and key supporters gathered to show their solidarity, it occured to me that such an assembly would make an excellent target for a cruise missile or a cluster bomb.

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James Joyner
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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. Jeremiah says:

    James, you naughty boy, you!