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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Swap the Living for the Dead

posted by on July 16 at 10:41 AM

From the IHT:

Hezbollah guerrillas from Lebanon handed over to Israel coffins containing the bodies of two Israeli soldiers. In return, Israel released five Lebanese prisoners, including a notorious militant, Samir Kuntar.

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It's interesting to see how much more conciliatory Israel has been with others as the threat from Iran has ratcheted up.

Posted by heh | July 16, 2008 10:48 AM

I feel a haggling joke comin'.

Posted by Sirkowski | July 16, 2008 10:59 AM

Trading live prisoners for dead bodies. Hm.

Nope, don't think I'd have done that.

Posted by Toby | July 16, 2008 11:19 AM

I feel a haggling joke comin'.

You So funny. Wow.

Posted by jane doe | July 16, 2008 11:51 AM

I'm surprised that Israel didn't just shoot the five prisoners and then hand over the (still warm) bodies. That seems like it would have been more their style.

Posted by Greg | July 16, 2008 11:54 AM

There is no way this thread can go but ugly.

Posted by sleepdriving | July 16, 2008 12:26 PM

@3: It wasn't clear that the Israeli soldiers were dead until their coffins were seen en route to the site.

From The Telegraph:

Until their black coffins were seen crossing the Naqura border crossing from Lebanon to Israel this morning, there was no confirmation that the soldiers were dead although there had been rumours that one was killed as he was seized.

The Lebanese prisoners will be returned later today when the remains in the coffins have been positively identified as those of the soldiers, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev.

Mr Goldwasser's family broke down in tears and cries of despair as they saw the televised images of Hizbollah handing over the two caskets.

Posted by Kalakalot | July 16, 2008 1:16 PM

If only they had. As for their style...
better than much of the world and 99% of the ME

Posted by jane doe | July 16, 2008 2:10 PM

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