The Occasional Muse
My humble opinion on current events
June 19, 2001
Child Sacrifice in the
Various ancient cultures used to practice
child sacrifice. The Palestinian Authority has resurrected this barbaric
practice. But it's not for purely religious reasons, though its
practitioners claim it is. No, today child sacrifice is used for ritual
We know this because of a chilling
interview with one Umm Nidal in the London-based Arabic-language newspaper
Al-Sharq Al-Aswat. Her son, Muhammad Farhat, was a recent suicide
bomber. Portions of the interview were translated by the Middle East Media
Research Center and posted on its web site.
Words can barely describe this interview.
Horrifying. Monstrous. Those come close. I'll post some excerpts,
and you can make up your own mind.
"Allah be praised, I am a Muslim and I
believe in Jihad. Jihad is one of the elements of the faith and this is
what encouraged me to sacrifice Muhammad in Jihad for the sake of
"Jihad is a [religious] commandment
imposed upon us. We must instill this idea in our sons' souls, all the
"I am a compassionate mother to my
children... Because I love my son, I encouraged him to die a martyr's
death for the sake of Allah."
"Jihad is a religious obligation
incumbent upon us, and we must carry it out. I sacrificed Muhammad as part
of my obligation. This is an easy thing."
"I, as a mother, naturally encouraged
the love of Jihad in the soul of Muhammad and in the souls of all my
"I prayed from the depths of my heart
that Allah would cause the success of his operation. I asked Allah to give
me ten [Israelis] for Muhammad, and Allah granted my request and Muhammad
made his dream come true, killing ten Israeli settlers and soldiers. Our
God honored him even more, in that there were many Israelis wounded."
This is just sick. It's disgusting. It is
If that peace-loving,
Nobel-peace-prize-winner Yassir Arafat was serious about wiping out
terrorism, which he isn't, he'd arrest this woman for murder. She clearly
aided and abetted her son's descent into hatred and madness. She goaded
him, encouraged him, "sacrificed" him. Surely she holds some
But Arafat's not serious. He never has
been. He denounced terrorism in 1989 and never stopped practicing
it. He's a liar. How can anyone negotiate in good faith with a murdering
Arafat could wipe out terrorism in the
Palestinian Authority at any time. He's got the manpower, the muscle. He
was strong enough to wipe out any serious opposition in his heralded
"election" in 1996. Instead, he talks a good game and allows
terrorist leaders to hatch their evil plots at will, with no consequences.
But why should Arafat wipe out terrorism?
Look where it's gotten him. He commands his own little quasi-country, a
big shark in a tiny pond. He's won the Nobel peace prize. His posterior is
kissed by diplomats all over the world. Stupid governments send him
millions of dollars. For the first time ever, an American president has
announced a Palestinian state as a desirable goal. So what if the
Palestinian Authority has no infrastructure, no economy (many Palestinians
cross the border into Israel to work), no rule of law, no free press,
nothing but terrorism and misery? He's in charge and is about to be handed
his own little country, so that's all that counts.
What, exactly, has the Palestinian
Authority done to warrant its own state? Has it built anything besides an
airport and refugee camps? Does it have any credible political
institutions? Any industry? Any signs of any prosperity anywhere?
As far as I can tell, the only thing the
Palestinian Authority has done to deserve its own state is murder. That's
all. The more it murders, the more concessions it gets. So it shouldn't be
surprising that it just can't seem to stop itself from murdering.
But it's worse. Now it brainwashes
innocents to do the murdering. Mothers like Umm Nidal and radical Muslim
clerics and terrorist crazies rob their own children of life to steal the
lives of others. This is their great achievement.