Monday, November 01, 2004

Condemning "Militants"

What would you call a group of people who send your child, strapped with explosives, to kill innocent civilians? Militants? Here's the perverted logic:
The mother of a teenage suicide bomber who blew himself up and killed three Israelis in Tel Aviv has criticised the militants who recruited him.

More than 30 others were wounded when 16-year-old Amer al-Fahr detonated about 5kg of explosives in a shop in the Israeli city's busy Carmel market.

The leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said one of its members had carried out the attack.

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was among those to condemn the bombing.

The teenager's mother, 45-year-old Samira Abdullah, criticised those who had sent her son to his death.

The boy, who lived in the Askar refugee camp near the West Bank city of Nablus, is one of the youngest Palestinian suicide bombers.

"It's immoral to send someone so young," his mother said. "They should have sent an adult who understands the meaning of his deeds."(/snip)

A spokesman from Islamic militant group Hamas, Sami Abu Zuhri, told the Associated Press the blast was evidence that the "resistance is alive".

Terje Roed-Larsen, the UN envoy in the region, said the Palestinian Authority should "act without delay against those organising and perpetrating terror and to bring them to justice".

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman David Saranga, quoted by AFP news agency, urged the Palestinian Authority to crack down on armed militants.

Later, Israeli military sources said two Palestinians were shot during a raid on Nablus. Hospital sources said three were killed.

Meanwhile, a group of European Parliament members on a visit to Gaza criticised the Israeli army's actions there as creating the conditions for suicide bombers.(emphasis mine)

If someone did this to my child, I would not call the perpetrators militants. I would call them murderers, or at least terrorists.

See, the Europeans oppose us in Iraq because they believe we are "creating" terrorists. This is nonsense of course. The argument could be made that we ignored the terrorists for nearly 30 years. And we all see where that got us. However, the Europeans continue to think you can ignore terrorism and they will ignore you. Doesn't work that way folks. Which is exactly why the remote thought of "President Kerry" (Yuck! I nearly puked typing that) scares the hell out of me.