More on the “boy bomber”

03.26.04

This story just keeps getting stranger and stranger.

It seems the mother of the would-be teenage Palestinian suicide bomber was angry… but not at the fact that he would have gone to kill innocent Israelis; merely at the fact that he was “too young”. As though he had been caught in a bar before his majority:

Asked whether she would have supported her son had he been older, the mother replied: “If he was over 18, that would have been possible, and I might even encourage him to do it. But it’s impossible for a child his age to do it.”

Incidentally, the mother is also reportedly upset that the media misreported the boy’s age as 14. It seems he’s actually 16… in other words, he had two more years to learn to hate Jews.

Meanwhile, Al-Jazeera is reporting that the Israelis made up the story. Which is of course ridiculous considering the entire thing was caught on camera by a Palestinian journalist working for Associated Press. (Duh! Those AP reporters are all paid off by the Zionist cabal, right?)

Anyway, I am a little encouraged to see this blatant effort at trying to deny reality, simply because it indicates that this time, even the Palestinians realize they’ve gone too far. Hence all the calls for restraint coming from the Palestinian leadership. Of course they’re for the media’s benefit and none of them actually mean it… but hey, at least they seem to have caught on that the benefits of exploiting Israeli humanity by using kids as suicide bombers can backfire with negative world opinion.

Sucks to be exposed for being yourselves, eh?

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Paul Jané 03.26.04 at 7:38 AM

Is there finally any evidence of the boy being mentally disadvantaged?

Don’t mind me, just curious…

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2 segacs 03.26.04 at 2:27 PM

The latest reports I heard last night on the news were that the parents said that the boy was “emotionally immature”. Of course, any translation has some form of interpretation in it. I don’t know whether the family meant he is actually deevlopmentally-challenged, or whether he’s just immature for his age.

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3 DaninVan 03.26.04 at 4:03 PM

Yeh, but that describes most of the Palestinian leadership.

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4 Otter 03.26.04 at 8:41 PM

The whole episode is oddly confused, although I can imagine it’s difficult for reporters to get precise details from a hysterical, not too bright, terrified kid wearing a bomb vest.

My impression from the various stories and pictures is that the kid has an endocrine problem or something like that that’s left him physically and mentally stunted.

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5 Jonny 03.26.04 at 9:08 PM

Pali bar fight:

My twelve year old is tougher than yours.

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6 Hanthala 03.28.04 at 3:37 AM

Just for the record, catching it all on tape doesn’t authenticate it in the way you mean. The guy was there and filmed…so what? The story is indeed weird…no I don’t have a “theory”…just the thing is weird.

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7 Hanthala 03.28.04 at 3:43 AM

Oh, and what does “Sucks to be exposed for being yourselves, eh?” mean?

There was a good letter in the Gazette about the fanaticism on both sides of this conflict recently. Unfortunately, it was accompanied by a photo of a young Palestinian girl wearing a Hamas headband. Shouldn’t they have also included a photo of a West Bank settler showing his four year old boy how to use his IDF-issued automatic riffle?

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8 segacs 03.28.04 at 4:21 AM

Shouldn’t they have also included a photo of a West Bank settler showing his four year old boy how to use his IDF-issued automatic riffle?

No. That’s the point. The Israelis don’t teach their 4-year-olds to use rifles. They fight to protect their children, not hide behind them.

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9 Hanthala 03.28.04 at 10:59 PM

Right Segacs…”protect their children” by taking them from the US and other countries to colonize another people’s land (we’ll say West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem) because the Bible/Torah says they are the chosen people and God gave them that land from the river to the sea. If, in so doing, they have to shoot the non-Jewish inhabitants once in a while–and settler raids are not uncommon–then so be it. No fanaticism there. Nope, not at all…

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10 Hanthala 03.29.04 at 2:49 AM

And Segacs, the settlers do teach their kids to use automatic assault riffles. If you say this is to protect themselves and their homes then the exact same argument can be applied on the Palestinian side.

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11 Paul Jané 03.29.04 at 3:41 AM

If you say this is to protect themselves and their homes then the exact same argument can be applied on the Palestinian side.

I’m tempted to ask you how one protects one’s home by wearing an explosive vest, but, on second thought, I’d rather not find out.

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12 Hanthala 04.02.04 at 9:32 PM

Paul, not all Palestinians are engaged in that kind of resistance. Wouldn’t be my choice either. Same kind of idiotic logic that makes Israeli settlers go out and shoot Palestinians while they are busy with the olive harvest. Fail to see how that is protecting their homes, but hey, don’t aske me, ask them.

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