Exploitation of Polite Society?

Terrorist prisoner swaps serve the best joke in Adam Sandler’s juvenille “Don’t Mess with the Zohan.” Zohan, an elite Israeli commando, is informed about the release of his nemesis, a Hamas-type terrorist icon played by John Turturro. Like baseball trades, the deal includes a “terrorist to be named later.” (Let me paraphrase the exchange)

“Who did we get for him,” Sandler asks.

“Uri and Shimon,” he is told.

“Uri and Shimon?! Come on, they aren’t even good spies. We should have held out for Yochi.”

David Bernstein at Volokh Conspiracy asks whether the Israeli prohibition against the death penalty for terrorists isn’t foolish. He details the strategy of Hezbullah to abduct Israeli soldiers for the express purpose of initiating such a trade. Is this recent trade of an iconic terrorist (convicted of killing a father and beating to death his 4 year old daughter) and four others for the remains of 2 dead Israeli solidiers another example of the strategic exploitation of liberal society in order to destroy it? I wish to think that liberal values are too precious to lose in the fight against one’s enemies. I’m not sure right now.

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2 Responses to “Exploitation of Polite Society?”

  1. Athos Says:

    Very difficult questions to answer, Scott. I ruminate on your post here. Best

  2. Gil Bailie Says:

    Scott,
    I didn’t know you had a blog until “Athos” linked to you. I’m only an occasional blog reader these days, but I’m happy to see yours. I like what I see.
    My best, Gil

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