Who Are the Suicide Bombers?
This showed up in an Aussie newspaper (h/t Free Republic). It recounts the grisly story of a 51-year old Iraqi woman, known by her monicker "The Mother of the Believers," who not only recruited female suicide terrorists, but led them to their final destination.
So what's new? Her method of recruitment, on behalf of Ansar al-Sunnah, an Iranian-supported terrorist group operating in Diyala province.
A WOMAN suspected of recruiting more than 80 female suicide bombers has confessed to organising their rapes so she could later convince them that martyrdom was the only way to escape the shame.
She was arrested in late January, and her confession was videotaped.
This provides us with a particularly ugly picture of the recruitment of the faithful, which did not take place purely as the result of religious indoctrination, and the well-known dehumanization of the targets of the suicide attacks. In this case, the victims are the women themselves, who are first deliberately stripped of their worthiness, humiliated in their own eyes and those of their families, and then offered a bloody "redemption" by the terrorists.
We have known for some time about the seedy side of Islamic terrorism, ranging from the widespread use of drugs to the manipulation of psychologically damaged children. But, for me at least, this is the first account of systematic rape as a recruiting method. It ought to disgust everyone, but it should be especially repulsive to Muslims, for their religion is being cynically used in conjunction with sexist brutality in order to kill their own women as well as their (mostly Muslim) victims.
This story also suggests that the appeal of "martyrdom" is either not all it has been cracked up to be, or is losing its appeal in Iraqi society. Either way, it gives us hope that the terrorists are losing, which is abundantly confirmed by the relentless drop in "martyrdom operations." But what terrible damage they have inflicted on their own people.
UPDATE: Welcome, Instapunditeers!
UPDATE 2: The videotaped confession is being broadcast on al Arabiyah.
UPDATE 3: Thanks to Dan Blatt, who pointed out this post by Ace, about similar practices directed against gays. They were raped, then recruited to draw the terrible sting of humiliation.
UPDATE 4: Gay Patriot is working on it, too.