Murder / Suicide as a "Holy" Act

by Alan Caruba

Murder/Suicide as a "Holy" Act

As events in Israel unfold, those in the West still fail to understand that the war being waged against the Israelis is sanctified and glorified by the Moslem leadership living in their midst. Their instruments are the young men recruited to both commit suicide and murder as many Israelis as possible at the same time.

To the Western mind, steeped in the Judeo-Christian belief in the sanctity of life, it is incomprehensible that religious leaders would literally begin to train their youth to commit murder in the name of God. However, that is exactly what they do. Islam's highest honors go to its "martyrs" and they are promised unlimited sex with 72 virgins in heaven.

The Koran, Islam's sacred book, describes these women as "beautiful like rubies, with complexions like diamonds and pearls." It says that the martyrs-who simultaneously commit two of the most condemned crimes, murder and suicide-shall "delight themselves, lying on green cushions and beautiful carpets." This mindset has been part of Islam from the days of Mohammed.

A recent article in USA Today noted that "In Hamas-run kindergartens, signs on the walls read: ‘The children of the kindergarten are the shaheeds (holy martyrs) of tomorrow.'" Name me any civilized religion or ideology that raises its children to commit both suicide and murder?

This is not, nor ever has been, an issue of fairness to Palestinians living in the sovereign state of Israel. They have always been free to become that nation's citizens and to live under its laws. This is about people who live for the day when that nation and its Jewish citizens cease to exist and, to achieve that, they send their children into the streets to be "martyred" and to kill Israelis.

To put things in perspective, Israel is home to fewer than six million people, compared to an estimated 300 million Arabs residing in and surrounding that nation. It represents about 10,000 square miles as compared to the almost five million square miles of Arab countries. Israel can never make peace with the Islamic jihad that has stated it will never be satisfied with anything less than its destruction. It can and must protect the lives of its citizens.

Unfortunately, history teaches us that Jewish lives are always expendable. At the midpoint of the last century, we learned that supposedly civilized, Christian nations could turn their backs on Jews. Some would not even permit them the opportunity to escape. Why did they die? Because the world gave their killers permission to murder them.

Today's Israelis have shown extraordinary restraint, but it is not likely to last. When this beleaguered nation does respond, let us not hear comparisons to the fate visited so many times on Jews because they were Jews.

If the Palestinians are driven from their midst, it will not be the "Judenfrei" policies of Nazi Germany. Unlike the Arabs, Jews were not engaged in killing their fellow Germans, Austrians, Poles. They were too busy trying to flee them.

Copyright, Alan Caruba, 2001. Permission to publish is granted.

Alan Caruba writes a weekly column, "Warning Signs," posted on the Internet site of the National Anxiety Center (www.anxietycenter.com/warning.htm), a clearinghouse for information on scare campaigns designed to influence public opinion and policy.