The Murderer Samir Kuntar

Has anyone noticed something awry in the lede to Craig Smith's New York Times article on Samir Kuntar?

Perhaps Israel’s most reviled prisoner, Samir Kuntar, will return to a hero’s welcome when he crosses into Lebanon this week, 29 years after he left its shores in a rubber dinghy to kidnap Israelis from the coastal town of Nahariya.

That raid went horribly wrong, leaving five people dead, a community terrorized and a nation traumatized. Two Israeli children and their father were among those killed.

If the raiders had succeeded in kidnapping Israeli civilians without murdering children, in other words, would it have gone just fine, by Craig Smith's standards?

Hasn't the point of anti-Israel terrorism always been to kill Israeli children?

I'm at a loss. As I am about this whole horrible day.