But what about the children?

I’ll be digging into the ol’ blog vault again. In my first month of blogging I did a couple of posts on two Palestinian women who expressed opposite reactions to the “martyrdom” of their children. While these bombings were conducted by Fatah’s al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, they are representative of the operations of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, PFLP, and all other terrorist organizations in Israel. This is Sheik Yassin’s legacy: a society cajoled and pressured into celebrating the deaths of loved ones.
Here is the first post:
Back in April, Jay Manifold wrote this commentary on the Mideast conflict, which included a noteworthy quote from Dennis Prager:

“The second more frightening aspect of Arab/Muslim Jew-hatred is that many of these haters do not value their own lives.”

What brought this to mind is this translation by MEMRI of an interview with Umm Nidal, the mother of a Palestinian suicide bomber (original source: Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, an Arabic-language daily in London). There are two possibilities: that the woman was parroting lines fed to her by terrorist handlers, or, even more frightening, that she was speaking from her heart.
These lines from the song “Russians,” recorded by British rock star Sting during the height of the Cold War, also come to mind:

We share the same biology
Regardless of ideology
Believe me when I say to you
I hope the Russians love their children too

[In the original post I should have commented that the parental attitudes of the overall Russian population were irrelevant to the outcome of the Cold War as long as it had no voice in government. Note to Sting: it’s the political leadership, stupid.]
Conscious desire for losing one’s children to suicide attacks isn’t exactly the sort of thing that basic maternal instincts allow one to regard as a loving act. It takes an extreme step away from human nature for a mom like Umm Nidal to make the statements she did in the interview and mean it (assuming she was not under some extreme outside pressure). I won’t make any bets as to whether or not they constitute a majority, but I imagine that there’s a lot of Palestinian moms who don’t want to go along with the human-sacrifice-for-peace program. I hope that some day they will be liberated from their terrorist masters.
Now for the second post:
In Part 1, I expressed wonder if Palestinian mom Umm Nidal was really speaking her mind or buckling to terrorist coercion when she made glowing statements about her son’s suicide bombing mission. There’s no way to ever know what’s really going on in her head, but I imagine that some parents of “martyrs” are strongarmed into spouting the terrorist party line whenever the press shows up on their doorsteps.
Of greater concern is any pressure the al-Aqsa Martyr Brigades may be exerting on the suicide bombers themselves. Evidently some of these bombings do involve such coercion, as this story reports. Issa Budeir, a 16-year-old male, and Aren Ahmed, a 20-year-old female, were pressed into a bombing mission at town of Rishon Lezion on May 21. Both tried to back out at the last minute, but after pressure from their handlers Issa complied, killing himself and two Israelis and injuring 40.
Issa’s mom Fatiyeh deserves credit for being a sane and rational human being, grieving the loss of her son rather than celebrating it.

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One comment

  1. Dave J

    Golda Meir still said it best: “We will have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”