Thursday, March 02, 2006

The "I believe all murder is wrong, but..." crowd

The worst type of hypocrites are always the people who call themselves 'humanitarians' or 'pacifists', yet they say they can understand and justify murder. Many people have said that if they were in the shoes of the Palestinians, they too would become suicide-bombers.
Hany Abu-Assad, Israeli-born director of Oscar-nominated film ‘Paradise Now,’ which has stirred controversy for its depiction of two young Palestinian suicide bombers, says in interview with Yedioth Ahronoth terror derives from another terror and that suicide bombings are a reaction to Israel's terror.
Abu-Assad stresses he is a pacifist who believes any killing is wrong, and that he advocates a non-violent struggle as the right method for obtaining one's goals. Yet a few seconds later in the same interview he is asked, "Had you been living in the territories, you would have become a shahid (martyr)?
Abu-Assad hesitates for a second before replying, "yes."
Abu-Assad also compares the Palestinian situation to the Holocaust and says he "knows what would have happened in Germany had the oppression continued for 30 years." So it's a matter of time, not the fact that 1,000 times more people died.

Committing acts of terror have no justification, murder is murder, end of story. Irwin J. Mansdorf writes in a study called 'The psychological framework of suicide terrorism' that "Typical of the attempts to de-politicize the acts of suicide bombers are statements that ascribe the motivation for such attacks to a deep sense of desperation: "suicide bombers have been driven to desperation by a brutal and humiliating occupation which has deprived them of their humanity and any hope for a brighter future."
"Despite the contention of some observers, there is actually no evidence to separate the general motivational framework of Islamic terrorists in general, and Palestinian terrorists specifically, from that which has been observed in other politically and nationalistically motivated suicides. As with other such acts, what is primary is a strong identification with the group and a motivation to sacrifice oneself for the cause. Individual psychopathology or personal feelings of desperation or hopelessness do not appear to play any significant role.
In fact, Palestinian terrorists themselves have denied any link between clinical psychological symptoms and their attacks. As stated by one such terrorist, "This is not suicide. Suicide is selfish, reflects mental weakness. This is istishad (martyrdom or self-sacrifice in the service of Allah)."

Those in the West are so desperate to understand what it takes for a person to commit such an act that they lap up any excuse that sounds in the slightest bit 'reasonable' to them. Oppression and humiliation leading to anger they can understand, killing yourself to sanctify a deity is incomprehensible.

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