Michael Totten

Mistah Rantisi, He Dead (Updated)

Got another one of the bastards.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Israel assassinated Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi in a missile strike on his car Saturday, part of its declared campaign to wipe out the Islamic militant group’s leadership ahead of a planned Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.
Two of Rantisi’s bodyguards were also killed.

He didn’t fill the also-assasinated Sheik Saruman’s shoes very long. Good luck filling the job opening this time, creeps.
UPDATE: John Kerry isn’t sorry to see him go, either. He might even be willing to take our Yasser Arafat. Here he is on Meet the Press with Tim Russert.

MR. RUSSERT: Israel assassinated Hamas leader Rantisi. Do you support that assassination?
SEN. KERRY: I believe Israel has every right in the world to respond to any act of terror against it. Hamas is a terrorist, brutal organization. It has had years to make up its mind to take part in a peaceful process. They refuse to. Arafat refuses to. And I support Israel’s efforts to try to separate itself and to try to be secure. The moment Hamas says, “We’ve given up violence, we’re prepared to negotiate,” I am absolutely confident they will find an Israel that is thirsty to have that negotiation.

(Hat tip: Roger L. Simon)