Thursday, March 25, 2004

Would-be bomber's mother angry with those who sent him.

An interesting quote from the mother of the either 14- or 16-year old (it's not clear which is correct) who was stopped at an Israeli checkpoint yesterday and prevented from committing a suicide bombing. His mother's upset with the people who sent him.

His mother, Tamam, was furious at the militants who sent him.

"He is a child and he should not be used for such things," the mother said.

I haven't seen this quote in most of the reports -- but I did see it in the New York Times and the Boston Herald, and it stands in contrast to the oft-seen alleged happiness of parents whose kids go on to be shahids. I've wondered about that a lot. Can these parents truly hate Jews more than they love their kids?

Interestingly enough, this poor kid's brother was angry also, but for a different reason:

Hosni Abdo, the brother, said he was angry with whoever persuaded his brother to become a suicide bomber.

"The ones who sent him are stupid, because the army will give him two slaps and he will tell them who sent him," he said.

He seems to be angry not because they were sending his brother to kill himself, but because his brother will not stand up to questioning and therefore the leadership put themselves at risk. Hmm.


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