In 2002 the Lebanon-based terror group Fatah Islam assassinated an American diplomat in Amman, Jordan. Last summer they were involved in a botched train hi-jacking in Germany. The reaction of the world to these and a score  of other bloody incidents for which Fatah Islam was responsible has been a mighty clucking of tongues. Under the agreement worked out between Lebanon’s shaky government and the Palestinian Authority the group was untouchable.

 Then a few days ago the same group robbed a Lebanese bank and the sky above their base in the Nahr el-Bared refugee camp near Tripoli began raining artillery shells. Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Sanoria now declares it is his intention to wipe out Fatah Islam utterly and completely. He insists the terror group is a Syrian cat’s paw. Others deny this and say they are directed by Al Qaeda. One thing, however, is crystal clear. Killings may be tolerated by the international community, but robbing a bank is a no-no.

 As American bank robber John Dillinger succinctly put it when asked why he robbed banks: “That’s where the money is.” And the inscription chisled in stone above the entrance way of every legislative body in the world in a variety of languages, when translated means the  same thing: “Money spoken here.”


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