Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Palestinian child abuse 

'Palestinian boy, 14, captured wearing explosives vest' - headline, Jerusalem Post.

It was the second time in 10 days the Fatah Tanzim in Nablus attempted to turn children into human bombs. On March 15, Abdullah Kuran, 11, was asked to carry several bags through the roadblock and hand them to a woman waiting on the other side for NIS 5.

Were you teased when you were a teenager? Be glad you're not Palestinian:

Abdu, who lives in Nablus, told interrogators he was jeered at by his friends who made fun of him, and decided to take advantage of the offer.

"Blowing myself up is the only chance I've got to have sex with 72 virgins in the Garden of Eden," Abdu said his handlers had told him.

These people are freedom fighters? They took a teenager who was being picked on by his friends and conned him into strapping on a bomb.

It is one thing for an adult to spend his life in the cause of freedom, however murderous and misguided that cause may in fact be. But what kind of monster brainwashes a confused, lonely teenager into blowing himself into bits in his stead?

UPDATE: Mrs. TigerHawk made the point that this is akin to street gangs who intimidate middle-schoolers into become drug couriers, with consequences that are even more nasty. It is all just using children to do your dirty work because they confer an advantage in the law enforcement system.


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