Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Worshippers of Death

H/T: Dearborn Underground

This is a really good article by Alan Dershowitz
article from the Wall Street Journal

"Zahra Maladan is an educated woman who edits a women's magazine in Lebanon. She is also a mother, who undoubtedly loves her son. She has ambitions for him, but they are different from those of most mothers in the West. She wants her son to become a suicide bomber."

"Zahra Maladan represents a dramatic shift in the way we must fight to protect our citizens against enemies who are sworn to kill them by killing themselves. The traditional paradigm was that mothers who love their children want them to live in peace, marry and produce grandchildren. Women in general, and mothers in particular, were seen as a counterweight to male belligerence. The picture of the mother weeping as her son is led off to battle -- even a just battle -- has been a constant and powerful image."

"We are going to win, because they love life and we love death," said Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah. He has also said: "[E]ach of us lives his days and nights hoping more than anything to be killed for the sake of Allah." Shortly after 9/11, Osama bin Laden told a reporter: "We love death. The U.S. loves life. That is the big difference between us.""The Americans love Pepsi-Cola, we love death," explained Afghani al Qaeda operative Maulana Inyadullah. Sheik Feiz Mohammed, leader of the Global Islamic Youth Center in Sydney, Australia, preached: "We want to have children and offer them as soldiers defending Islam. Teach them this: There is nothing more beloved to me than wanting to die as a mujahid." Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a speech: "It is the zenith of honor for a man, a young person, boy or girl, to be prepared to sacrifice his life in order to serve the interests of his nation and his religion."

This article really brings to light the vast differences in secular western thought over that of the middle eastern (islamic) thought. It also brings into the spotlight the obvious...at least to those who think about Rules of Engagement with these terrorists. In this enemy we see a distinctive lack of designated military personal. Everyone is a soldier in Alllah's Army. The traditional notion that Holy Men are not to be targets of military aggression is called into question now as well. With the Islamic clerics actively pushing their followers to die in the cause of Islam...are they not just as guilty as the the actual perpetrators?

Something to think about....

The entire article can be found here.


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