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|In Defense of the "Suicide Bombers"|
|04/14/02 at 22:10:34|
|IN DEFENSE OF SUICIDE BOMBERS|
Israeli propaganda experts have tried to spread the myth that recent
Palestinian suicide bombers represent some horrible new form of terrorist
warfare. In point of fact, suicide missions and terror tactics are as
American as apple pie.
Throughout history, young men have sacrificed their lives for causes they
felt reflected the survival of their nations.
The defenders of the Alamo were on a suicide mission. They had the option of
escape, and knew that defense meant certain death. They chose death. For the
greater good of Texas.
In World War II, suicide missions were routine. Military officers sent men
on missions where the chances of return were negligible. They were
committing lives to the cause of defeating Nazi Germany.
Joe Kennedy, Jr., the brother of President Kennedy, left on a mission where
he knew the prospects for return were doubtful. His aircraft was so
dangerous when he left England that Kennedy never even made it to the coast
My own father, a British commando, repeatedly was sent on missions where the
prospects for his survival were poor.
The men who landed on D-Day knew that being chosen for the first wave
assault meant their chances of survival were nil. The Marines who landed at
Iwo Jima could see the carnage in front of them, yet still committed
themselves to virtually certain death.
The ability of humans to commit themselves to missions where death is almost
assured stems from the common belief in individual sacrifice for survival of
the greater good.
Why should Palestinian sacrifices be viewed in any different light?
If anyone motivates and controls Palestinian suicide bombers it is Ariel
Sharon, not Yasser Arafat. Sharon repeatedly screams he is "at war." Being
at war means that extreme measures such as terrorism are tolerated, when
these same measures would be intolerable in a non-war situation.
Is it so hard to believe that young Palestinians would sacrifice their lives
to kill Israelis when they see Israelis killing their family and friends,
and when they witness a brutal and endless Israeli occupation?
It is unfortunate the concept of "terrorism" has been distorted to demean
and confuse the public concerning the legitimate military origins of
Terrorism has always been a routine American tactic. We fire bombed Tokyo.
Was everyone who was killed a Japanese soldier? Obviously not. We fire
bombed Dresden? Was everyone at Dresden a Nazi? Obviously not. Yet our
policy makers believed that killing innocent civilians would demoralize
Japan and Germany and shorten the war. Who complains today about this
terrorism? No one. We accepted extreme acts as necessary to defeat extreme
During the "Viet-Nam War," we justified dropping poison on civilians, and
conducing terrorist operations both inside South Viet-Nam and in North
Viet-Nam. It was only when young America fought the United States Government
to a standstill that America's terrorism against Viet-Nam ended.
Had Viet-Nam attacked America? Of course not. We justified terrorizing
Vietnamese by claiming it was for the greater good of "peace" and "freedom."
After we used terrorism against Vietnamese, they used it against us. And
ultimately we withdrew. Should Palestinians ignore the lessons of history?
Despite the efforts of Israeli spin doctors to delude Americans into
thinking that Palestinians were "offered everything" in 2000, Palestinians
see an endless occupation without the opportunity for a viable state.
The Israeli government manifests no intention of ending the negotiations and
withdrawing to its own borders. Sharon screams he is at "war." And he has
made himself at war.
Under these Israeli-created conditions, suicide missions are completely
understandable and, as grotesque as it may seem to us comfortably at home,
thoroughly justified as a tactic of demoralizing Israelis and defeating and
ending the Israeli occupation.
What is surprising is not that young Palestinians have dedicated themselves
to killing Israeli civilians but that they have waited so long, and so
patiently, before doing so.
The idea that Israel could negotiate forever, while occupying Palestine and
building "settlements" is abhorrent to reasonable persons. My own
co-religionists, Episcopalians, are horrified at the Israeli occupation of
the Holy Land.
The victims of the occupation now demand to be heard over the cocktail
chatter of politicians and diplomats with their endless "negotiations" and
"confidence building" steps. Thus, the world can expect more and more
extreme military activity, all justified by Ariel Sharon's cries that he is
It is likely, and painfully obvious, that only when Israel faces extinction
will it negotiate in good faith for its own survival. Until them, the world
can expect suicide bombers and more and more extreme weapons and tactics to
be deployed by Palestinians to force Israelis to withdraw and settle on
mutually acceptable terms.
In closing, it is worthwhile remembering that "Sharon's War," began with
Palestinians throwing stones, and Israelis killing children in response.
When Israelis persisted in killing stone throwers, Palestinians resorted to
small arms. When Israel escalated with tanks and invasions, Palestinians
recently began to deploy anti-tank weapons. The intercepted weapons shipment
in January reflected the reality that unless President Bush imposes adult
supervision on Israeli and Palestinian leaders, children will continue to
die and tactics and weapons will continue to escalate.
Palestinians are entitled to believe that giving their lives in the hope it
will bring their country freedom is a noble pursuit and a great sacrifice.
Few of us are capable of committing, or even understanding, such a
sacrifice. It reflects desperation. But it should also be a canary warning
for the west. As long as the west allows Israel to employ war tactics as a
means of controlling a colonial area, the occupied people have a result to
respond to war with war, and terror with terror.
Point not the finger of blame, Mr. Sharon, for you are responsible for
suicide bombers. And they will not stop until Israel itself faces defeat.
Suicide bombers will be Sharon's legacy to Israel. May he rest in peace.
Contact info: Andy Martin, radio talk show host
Tel. (561) 833-6917
P.O. Box 1132, Palm Beach, FL 33480
|Re: In Defense of the "Suicide Bombers"|
|04/15/02 at 03:37:57|
|I'm impressed by Algosaibi for not being afraid and actually speaking his mind unlike most of the arab leadership.|
Saudi Arabia's ambassador praises suicide bombers.
From the Observer
Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Britain has written a poem praising Palestinian suicide bombers that was published yesterday in a mass market Arabic daily.
The news is likely to strain relations between the oil rich Gulf state and the United States after Ghazi Algosaibi also used the poem to criticise America and said the White House was 'filled with darkness'.
Algosaibi, a well-known poet and writer, had his latest work published in Arabic on the front page of the London-based al-Hayat newspaper. He has been Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Britain for more than a decade and was once quoted as saying: 'Poetry is the soul of the Arabs.'
The poem is called 'The Martyrs' and appears to praise suicide bombers for taking direct action while others stood by and did
nothing. The short piece stated: 'You died to honour God's word. (You) committed suicide? We committed suicide by living like the dead.'
Algosaibi referred specifically to 18-year-old suicide bomber Ayat Akhras, who detonated explosives strapped to her body at a Jerusalem supermarket on 29 March, killing two Israelis and wounding 25.
'Tell Ayat, the bride of loftiness... She embraced death with a
smile while the leaders are running away from death.
Doors of heaven are opened for her,' Algosaibi wrote.
In another reference, he refers to Arab leaders looking for American help to end the violence but meeting little response.
'We complained to the idols of a White House whose heart is filled with darkness,' he said.
A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office declined to comment on the poem.
|04/15/02 at 03:39:58|
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