It's also pretty pathetic when one of the live guys you're giving back is nothing more than a thug:
For its part, Hezbollah is most interested in the release of the convicted Kuntar, the longest-serving Lebanese prisoner in Israel. The Shiite Muslim militia group hails him as a hero.That's some victory, getting back a man with the courage to shoot an unarmed man and smash a four year old's head in.
Kuntar, who had been a member of the Palestine Liberation Front, led a group of four men who entered Israel from Lebanon by boat in 1979. They killed a police officer who came across them. Then they took a 28-year-old man and his 4-year-old daughter hostage.
Kuntar shot the father dead at close range in front of his daughter and tossed his body in the sea. Then he smashed the girl's head, killing her.
A 2-year-old girl suffocated as her mother tried to stop her from crying as they hid from Kuntar.
He was sentenced to life and spent the last three decades in an Israeli jail -- until Wednesday, when he is expected to return home to a hero's welcome.
The swap reverberated among Palestinians. Ismail Haniya, the leader of the Hamas movement in Gaza, on Wednesday exulted over the prisoner exchange and said the underlying lesson and meaning of the swap is that "victory is possible." [cnn.com]
Then again, history is full of shameful episodes.