Tuesday, May 29, 2007



A failed strategy!

Why were Kamikaze pilots considered worse than guys
who just bombed other guys?

Anyone watching films of the ww2 Pacific battles would understand why Kamikaze bombers were considered worse than “normal bombers”. Bombs are inanimate objects,- although today they are guided-missiles,- nevertheless, the kamikazes actually appear like a person or animal coming after you ! Looking into the person's eyes almost, at the controls of those little aircraft,- I could imagine a personal interaction with hatred and evil, between the victim and the kamikaze bomber.

It is not the same with inanimate objects thrown out of an aircraft, even if aimed at you. The persons at the controls of the bombers can probably divorce themselves from any personal feelings vis-à-vis their targets and victims! So while they are deadlier, the pilots do live to repeat this operation another day,- something that everyone understands happens in wars,- regretfully!

The suicide- (or homicide) bomber is out to kill as many people as he can,- personally, without achieving anything! That is simply his/her evil intent. What I fail to comprehend, is why are some so full of hatred,- or full of their jihadi beliefs,- that they are willing to pursue this course of action when their country or nation is not under threat, as the Japanese were? Desperation in their "plight"?
Is that their propaganda ploy?

What were they intent on achieving in Bali and London, for example?
From Israel, what can they expect as a result, other than more repression in their Territories? As a political tool,- what, other than a display of evil hatred,- is it meant to achieve? In Iraq,- it seems to be a tit-for-tat civil war,- intentionally orchestrated,- to what purpose? Whom does it serve if they kill innocent civilians,- men, women and children going about their normal daily business?

Apart from those who "feel sorry" for these "desperadoes", I cannot for the life of me see what they are achieving with this strategy! I think that the time has come to push this in our own Western media,- the results are not worth their efforts of sacrificing themselves,- and certainly not their kids!

See below.


Part 2: Overview of the history of promotion of children's Shahada – Martyrdom

Shahada for children is a recurring message on both Fatah-controlled PA TV and Hamas-controlled Al Aqsa TV.

1. Hamas TV has been broadcasting regularly from March to May 2007 a video dramatization of the four-year-old daughter of female suicide bomber Reem Riyashi singing to her dead mother and vowing to follow in her footsteps. The video clip ends as the little girl picks up explosives from her mother's drawer.
Click to view video on YouTube or PMW website
2. Another Hamas video encouraging the participation of children in terrorism focuses on Ahmed Yassin, the Hamas founder and religious leader killed by Israel. The video portrays young children as the continuation of Yassin’s legacy. Children are shown in uniforms, holding rifles and participating in military training. The lyrics stress the children's connection to Yassin: “Even though they killed our [Ahmad] Yassin, the land will grow a thousand Ahmad.”
Click to view video on YouTube or PMW website (below)
3. In another video, which was broadcast on Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority TV hundreds of times from 2001 to 2004, a young boy leaves a farewell letter to his parents and goes off to seek Shahada, describing the death he aspires as "sweet." This PA clip is designed to offset a child's natural fear of death, by depicting Shahada as heroic and tranquil.

4. From 2000 to 2003, PA TV broadcast a music video depicting the delightful Shahid paradise of Muhammad Al-Dura, who died in crossfire. The child actor is shown flying a kite, frolicking on the beach and even at an amusement park. The clip opens with an invitation to other children from Al-Dura to aspire to Shahada: "I am waving to you not in parting, but to say 'follow me'." This video directing children to follow Al Dura to paradise as Martyrs was suddenly broadcast again in June, 2006, after Israeli troops had gathered at the border of the Gaza Strip, following the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

5. The result of such virulent propaganda is apparent, when listening to the interview on PA TV with two 11-year-old Palestinian girls talking about Shahada and describing it as a primary ideal and personal goal. They explain that "all Palestinian children" view Shahada as more worthwhile than living because of its promised grand Afterlife.

Please feel free to forward this bulletin, crediting Palestinian Media Watch"pmw.org.il/bulletins_may2007.htm#b280507"

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