March 24, 2004


Please congratulate Mr. Abdel Aziz Rantisi on his wonderful election victory. And make it quick, before anything, like, happens to him:

A Hamas hardliner who has pushed for accelerating attacks on Israel and ruled out all compromise is the new leader of the Islamic militant group in Gaza following Israel's assassination of the group's founder.

Abdel Aziz Rantisi, a 54-year-old paediatrician, told tens of thousands of cheering Hamas supporters at a Gaza City soccer stadium today that he was chosen in secret elections.

In his acceptance speech, Rantisi made his priorities clear.

"My people, we must unify under the umbrella of resistance," he said, and exhorted the Hamas military wing to "teach this Zionist occupation a lesson".

That “umbrella of resistance” didn’t help his predecessor much. Maybe Rantisi should try a brolly of defiance or an IDF-proof parasol.

UPDATE. Mark Latham obviously expects more of the same from our Hamassian buddies:

I don't support the things Hamas has done in the future.

Posted by Tim Blair at March 24, 2004 01:50 PM

Ah, this coward will make sure that wherever he goes, he's surrounded by young boys and women. The splodeys love to use human shields.

Posted by: Helen at March 24, 2004 at 01:52 PM

a Hamas hardliner?? what does that mean, he wants to kill all Jews twice?

Posted by: Monco at March 24, 2004 at 01:59 PM

I've already purchased Rantisi a congratulatory gift: a giant catcher's mit. Just right for snagging those pesky helocopter launched missiles.

Posted by: John Beck at March 24, 2004 at 02:00 PM

Okay, I finished reading the post. Is the bastard dead yet?

Posted by: Ken Summers at March 24, 2004 at 02:19 PM

Congrats to Dr. Death in his elevation to #1 on th IDF hit list.

Posted by: Spiny Norman at March 24, 2004 at 02:22 PM

Can we start a pool on when he gets killed? Or possibly *how* Dr. Death gets his Wish?

With the proceeds going to a suitable charity, of course.

Posted by: JeffS at March 24, 2004 at 02:26 PM

So first the nasty Israelis murder a helpless cripple, now they're gunning for a children's doctor? The horror!


Posted by: SpoogeDemon at March 24, 2004 at 02:48 PM

hmm, that soccer stadium was a target-rich environment. Couple of 1000-pounders would have mixed things up nicely.

Oh well.

Posted by: ak at March 24, 2004 at 02:55 PM

Good for Latham some pre-emptive condemnation, it save time that way.

Posted by: Gary at March 24, 2004 at 03:08 PM

"a Hamas hardliner?? what does that mean, he wants to kill all Jews twice?"

Great minds...

Posted by: Craig Mc at March 24, 2004 at 03:26 PM

I particularly liked the statement that Rantisi would be "temporarily assuming" leadership duties.

No shit Sherlock?

Posted by: Craig Mc at March 24, 2004 at 03:28 PM

Whack Rantissi ASAP and see how many other idiots want to take on the leadership. I personaly will be keeping a cigar for when they off this fucker.

Posted by: Dog at March 24, 2004 at 03:40 PM

Who votes in these 'secret elections'? how do you get nominated? do they have branch stacking problems? Are there tussles between hardline Hamas members, who want to kill all jewish men, women and children, and moderates, who only want to kill the men, children and women? The people want answers!
My suggestion would be that only people who have succesfully participated in a suicide bombing be allowed to vote..

Posted by: atilla at March 24, 2004 at 03:41 PM

No need to murder just to to stop murder.
Surely just the suggestion that Abdel Aziz Rantisi would be taken to the pain would have the desired effect.
To the pain sounds about right for anyone who follows through on the notion that guns and bombs being directed at fellow human beings should be encouraged.
No matter what the ism, religion or political system any murderer is touting.

Posted by: Sincerity Slips at March 24, 2004 at 03:43 PM

"I don't support the things Hamas has done in the future."

Maddog is such a forward thinker.

Posted by: JR at March 24, 2004 at 03:44 PM

Dont get to exited about Rantisi getting whached guys. Israel allways backs of just as it starts making ground.

Posted by: Dead Ed at March 24, 2004 at 04:34 PM

MARK LATHAM: Say the election was in September and there was a change of government, we'd be hoping to have them back by Christmas, certainly.

Hasn't Latham made us a VERY attractive target for Al-Qaeda now that he's said he'll pull the troops out of Iraq if he's elected?
If there is a terrorist attack before our election and Latham comes to power, then, just like spain, pulls the troops out, its going to give the impression that the coalition is a falling house of cards, surely this is EXACTLY what Bin Laden wants and will move heaven and earth to achieve?

Posted by: Jacob at March 24, 2004 at 06:24 PM

Israel should not hold back in taking this guy out.

Given that, apparently, the Pali's are at their maximum level of outrage, they aren't going to get any worse.

Eliminate Hamas from the top down.

Posted by: wv at March 24, 2004 at 06:25 PM


Hamas, Al Qaeda and all fronts of the Islamist terror war hung up their burkas today after being threatened with pain by an anonymous internet poster referencing a scene from the movie The Princess Bride.

"To think, all we had to do was threaten to hurt them but not kill them," an ashamed President Bush said this evening, "I guess violence never did solve anything. I mean, unless you threaten it."

Posted by: Sortelli at March 24, 2004 at 07:07 PM

LOL Sortelli! :D

Posted by: Andrea Harris at March 24, 2004 at 08:10 PM

The umbrella of resistance meets the sewing machine of regret, as all too often happens.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at March 24, 2004 at 08:10 PM

Isn't Hamas for the peace process? Bloody hell, I'm disappointed.

Posted by: Cro Magnon at March 24, 2004 at 08:49 PM

(No comment. Just wondering if Sincerity Slips is always all talk, no action.)

Posted by: ushie at March 24, 2004 at 09:53 PM

Still no sign of him regarding Yassin as a deformed character. Priorities, priorities...

Posted by: Andjam at March 24, 2004 at 10:19 PM

Doctors in politics: Abdel Aziz Rantisi, Che Guevara, Duvailer of Haiti and Dean.

Include the PhDs and the list dosen't get any better.

And how come a refugee settlment has a soccer stadium?

Posted by: Sue at March 24, 2004 at 10:52 PM

Rantisi: just a curbside prophet with his hands in his pockets, and he's waiting for his rocket to come.

(Hope it gets there soon.)

Posted by: Mike at March 25, 2004 at 12:20 AM

Message to the IDF and GSS:

“And now beware of rashness. Beware of rashness but with energy and ceaseless vigilance, go forward and give us victories.”

Abraham Lincoln, April, 1863

Posted by: Joel at March 25, 2004 at 12:20 AM


The IDF just caught a 12 year old boy at a roadblock wearing a bomb belt.

12 YEARS OLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Dead Ed at March 25, 2004 at 01:33 AM

RE: Given that, apparently, the Pali's are at their maximum level of outrage

No, i think it could be driven higher. In fact, get a few in a row, including Arafat, and you might be able to induce a collective Palestinian stroke at the post-hit rallies ...

Posted by: Bill at March 25, 2004 at 07:22 AM

Latham's promise to withdraw troops has made us more of a target.

A few voters will realise it, but how will the media react ?

Where will be the headlines saying "Australia is a bigger target since Latham announcement"

Will the newspapers be quoting intelligence officials who suggest that the risk of terrorism is increased by several orders of magnitude since Mark Latham made his announcement ?

Nope. I wrote a letter to the ABC yesterday asking them why they don't have any headlines about Latham's announcement, and why they have no critical analysis of it.

No answer yet.

Posted by: Jono at March 25, 2004 at 09:16 AM

This Rantisi... is same person as 'Ratso Rantisi' from Eastside? yes?

Posted by: Drago at March 25, 2004 at 11:59 AM

Oh, Sortelli, you little kidder!

Posted by: Sincerity Slips at March 25, 2004 at 12:08 PM

No time to talk shop, SS! Go forth! Save the world with your love!!!

Posted by: Sortelli at March 25, 2004 at 01:56 PM

Jesus tells His disciples: "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. For if you love only those who love you, what reward is there in that?"

Posted by: Sincerity Slips at March 25, 2004 at 09:48 PM

Sincerity Slips:

I do love our enemy (and thanks for noticing that we do have an enemy); and so does George Bush. That's why he is embarking on a difficult and risky strategy putting coalition forces at greater risk in order to avoid mass extermination of Muslims via Belmont Club #3. Tough love by Christians is often mistaken for no love.

Posted by: Dean Douthat at March 26, 2004 at 12:57 AM