Sunday, May 29, 2005

Children's jihad 

A few days ago, 15-year old Palestinian boy Ahmed al-Nadi was stopped at a border checkpoint and found to be strapped with a bomb belt. "The army spokeswoman said it was the 14th time in the past two months that a Palestinian teenager had attempted to detonate a bomb or smuggle arms and explosives through a military checkpoint despite a de facto truce declared in February." (hat tip: Dr Judith Klinghoffer)

"The Jerusalem Post" has the background to this incident (hat tip: Dan Foty):
Leaders of the Aksa Martyrs Brigades in Nablus have denied that the group was using minors for launching attacks on the IDF. But several sources in the city, including the boy's family and PA security officials, insist that the group was behind the botched attack.

They said members of the group in Balta refugee camp, which is also in the Nablus area, had recruited Mohammed after persuading him that he would be rewarded in heaven for killing Jews. They also promised to support his family after he becomes a shahid (martyr).

The boy's grandmother, Aziza, said the family was very angry with those who sent Mohammed to attack the soldiers. "They have no fear of God," she said. "They let us suffer because of our children, they don't respect God; they don't have a conscience. I hope that God will punish them because they are sending children this age, God will punish them. I'm suffering pain every day, crying every night before going to sleep. God knows how many tears there are on my pillow every night."
As the Arab saying goes, from your mouth to God's ear.

Meanwhile, in Iraq the terrorists (who in the past also used children - including mentally handicapped children, not to mention people handcuffed to steering wheels, or otherwise unwilling and remotely detonated) are now starting to use pets:
Insurgents in Iraq attached explosives to a dog and tried to blow up a military convoy near the northern oil centre of Kirkuk.

The canine bomb went off but the only casualty was the unfortunate animal, said police. The militants wrapped an explosive belt around the dog and detonated it as the convoy passed through Dakuk, 25 miles south of Kirkuk, said the town's police chief, Col Mohammed Barzaji.
PETA and pet lovers will be annoyed, but on the moral scale blowing up pooches is undoubtedly and improvement over blowing up kids (although still gutless - you will never see Al Zarqawi strapping himself with explosives when he can blow us some brainwashed suckers from Saudi Arabian middle class). And the use of animals is hardly a jihadi innovation - during World War Two, the Red Army was regularly using dogs strapped with mines who were taught to crawl under the German tanks. That's why Wehrmacht use to shoot dogs on sight as the war went on. The US Navy has also in the past toyed with using dolphins, although less as bomb carriers than bomb retrievers.


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