By lex, on February 6th, 2008
Last week the butchers of al Qaeda showed their jihadist street cred by killing around a hundred or so of their co-religionists, people shopping in a bird market ** of all places. They did so using mentally retarded women as “suicide” bombers – scare quoted because properly defined, suicide requires an act of volition.
In any case, while it may not be clear that the women acted on their own account it certain that their victims had no say in the matter – the act was morally cowardly and perverse, all the more so since lives were lost with nothing at all gained. A hundred lives at a stroke would be a catastrophe nearly anywhere else, in Baghdad they have become a number, a footnote. A rounding error.
This week we learn that the pool of mentally retarded women too may be running out:
A video that shows young boys being trained in kidnapping and assassination was discovered during a raid on an al-Qaeda safe house in Iraq, the U.S. military said Tuesday.
The video shows about 20 boys wearing ski masks and carrying pistols, assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers. In some cases the weapons appear to dwarf the youngsters carrying them.
Boy soldiers when the men run out – now where have we seen that before?
** 08-17-2018 Original link gone; replacement found – Ed.