February 6, 2008
When boys replace men
Al Qaeda (AQ) is apparently training young boys for terrorist operations ranging from kidnapping to terrorizing courtyards full of innocent folk (if anyone can truly be called innocent). To me this could mean a couple of things. AQ may be having a hard time finding grown men willing to blow themselves up, especially considering the resiliency of some of our newer tactical vehicles. Historically this has been common as the militant base of a country dies out in war - Nazi Germany is a good example. I really don't think this is the case though since the Quran compels the muslim to Jihad, and Jihad lately means doing what AQ says. Its also possible that AQ recognizes the potential mental struggle some people face when firing a round into a child (we're talking about kids as young as 6) and is looking to further horrify Americans at home with returning stories of atrocities on children. This was a factor in our withdrawal from Vietnam (atrocities), second in importance to the ferocity with which dirty hippies fought to end the war...I digress. AQ have proven themselves to understand us better than we give them credit for. I will even go so far as to say that their PR campaign is vastly superior to our own, but I caveat that by saying that the reason is because aforementioned dirty hippies are also multicultural swine - they really believe Islam is a more relevant cultural idea than democracy...that we are to blame for all of our problems. Digressing again.
What does all this mean? Nothing really. Some hard left folks in America will find a way to blame this on Bush, but the majority of people will realize that this is another example of the depravity of AQ, and the other-worldly nature of Islam in general. In the end, I cannot say what each individual will do when faced with an 8 year old boy holding an RPG. I can only verify that in my mind his age is not a factor in his role as a combatant, and training wins out over emotion every day. As a conservative I place great value in personal choice, and that boy may very well pay a severe price for a decision that he doesn't understand, but must pay for nonetheless.
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf - George Orwell