Condi's Cartoonish Perspective on Suicide Bombing
Is it possible that the Bush Administration has taken a simplistic and cartoonish view of why Palestinians, or anyone, would be willing to blow themselves up amongst innocent civilians? According to the op-ed article from Mexico's La Jornada, 'The terrorists, Rice said, lack any motive other than the desire to kill. As if it was only that simple.'
By Pedro Miguel
Mexico - La Jornada - Original Article (Spanish)
Translated By Carly Gatzert
April 18, 2006
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: Diplaying a Failure
to Grasp the Depth of Palestinian Dispair? (above).
[NEWS PHOTOS: Bombing in Tel Aviv].
—BBC NEWS VIDEO: Israelis Restrain
Themselves, and Will Not 'Directly' Retaliate
for Suicide Bombing, Apr. 18, 00:01:41
Scene of Carnage After the Latest Suicide Attack
in Tel Aviv, April 17. Nine People Were Killed,
and Dozens Injured in the Attack. (below).
The 18-Year-Old that Blew Himself and Nine Other
People Up in Tel-Aviv on April 17. His Name Was
Sami Salim Mohammed Hammed, and He Was Put Up to
the Attack By the Militant Group Islamic Jihad. He
Was from the West Bank Town of Jenin. (above).
—BBC NEWS VIDEO: Mother Defends Her Son,
the Suicide Bomber, Apr. 18, 00:02:35
Relatives of Hamad, Hold Posters Proclaiming Him as a
Martyr Near the Family's Home Near Jenin. (below).
Am Elderly Palestinian Man in the West Bank Near
an Israeli Checkpoint Last Week. (above).
House is correct: there is no excuse or justification for the carnage caused by
a Palestinian suicide bomber in Tel Aviv, at the height of the Jewish Passover.
However, the absence of a moral argument to justify the murder of civilians
does not hinder one's ability to understand these actions. The Bush Government,
much like that of [Israeli] Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, knows perfectly well the
profound reasons behind the attacks. Recently, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice cast aside her impressive academic background and spoke as if she had
never read anything other than Captain America or Superman comics. The
terrorists, Rice said, lack any motive other than the desire to kill. As if it was
only that simple.
doubtful that anyone will swallow such an "explanation," with the exception of
the adolescent troops occupying Iraq and the ultra orthodox Jews, born and
raised in Brooklyn, that allow their side-curls to grow and, AR-15 machine guns in hand, emigrate to Jericho to defend the hills that they claim Jehovah [Jewish
name for God] granted to His people and form part of the Jewish heritage.
most extreme instances of human violence, such as the cruelty brought about by
Hitler's orders, or those of Stalin, Truman, Sharon, Saddam and the Bushes,
still have recognizable causes and can be explained. When these leaders carried
out massacres or destroyed defenseless towns and cities, they acted in the
interest of irrational national plans, avaricious economic interests, and crazed
geopolitical designs. The desire to kill doesn't come out of nowhere, and such
is the case for presidential offices as well as the hovels where serial assassins
hide from the authorities.
in previous cases, there is a criminal attitude to be found in the Palestinian
young men that arrive with dynamite and nails bound to their torsos to a place
full of Israeli civilians, searching for the only kind of equality they can
grasp with the inhabitants of the oppressing country: equality in death.
desire to kill comes later. First, you have a situation in which a community of
people has been converted into livestock, or something worse, confined and in
tatters on their own land, humiliated, plundered, and reduced to misery by a
military power endowed with atomic fangs. The Israeli occupation has deprived
the children, adults, and elderly of Gaza and the West Bank, as well as those
that will be born in these lands, of the concept of a future. Their lives tick
away as they live in intimidation and terror, suffering unjustifiable
aggression, and enduring the dispossession of land and water, confiscation, banishment,
and the threat of a missile falling on their homes, streets, cars and stores at
any moment. In this land, one doesn't have to be a terrorist or even resemble
one, to suffer the punishment and reprisal [meant for terrorists]. Countless
children have crossed fields only to be shot and killed, and too many elderly
women have been buried alive, pummeled by bulldozers.
terrorist attack in Tel Aviv of April 17, Ehud Olmert said that his government
would take "all possible measures to prevent another attack." At this moment,
there will be bombs falling on streets and houses in the Gaza and the West Bank
region, occupying soldiers will be knocking down doors, kicking women and breaking
furniture as they search for accomplices of the terrorists. Deep down, Olmert
knows perfectly well that niether the infamous walls, the killings, the torture of
prisoners, or even the selective assassinations, will hinder the violence. The
armed helicopters, the supersonic aircraft, the walls and the nuclear bombs are
all a waste of money in the face of the homicidal desperation of those that
have been dispossessed to the point where life is intolerable and, consequently,
have nothing to lose by pulling a cord activating the explosives bound to their
leaders of Israel, supported by Washington and Brussels, can ban the Hamas militant
group's government and put a nun at the head of the Palestinian National
Authority. But this won't stop the suicide bombers either. The solution to
Palestinian terrorism, as unjustifiable and savage as it is, is both much
simpler and much more difficult than this. The Israeli government merely needs
to draw back their troops to the borders that existed before the war of 1967,
return the entirety of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem to the
legitimate owners, and leave the Palestinians in peace.
VIDEO FROM DUBAI: PALESTINIAN FOREIGN MINISTER DEFENDS MARTYRDOM
Al-Arabiya TV, Dubai: Excerpts from an interview with Palestinian Foreign Minister Mahmoud Al-Zahar, Apr. 6, 00:01:04, Via MEMRI
"These are not suicide operations. ... These are martyrdom-seeking operations, approved by all the authorities of the Islamic nation, who consider them to be the highest level of martyrdom. It is a form of resistance, and resistance against the occupation is legitimate."
Palestinian Foreign Minister Mahmoud Al-Zahar