Another Hamas Leader Succumbs

Hamas ain't Hezbollah, that's for sure. Said Siam is the latest Hamas leader to be made dead by Israel. I've never thought assassinations work for any lengthy period of time -- if they did, the assassinations of Sheikh Yassin and Abdel Aziz Rantisi should have hurt Hamas, and they didn't -- but Siam's death does suggest that Hamas doesn't have the discipline of a group like Hezbollah, and that it is vulnerable to Israeli pressure in ways that Hezbollah isn't. I'm reasonably sure, when this conflict is over, that we'll learn that Fatah helped Israel with the targetting of both Siam and Nizar Rayyan. Both men were associated with the most virulently anti-Fatah faction of Hamas.