Thursday, March 17, 2005

Unwilling Martyrs

So ... what do you do when you start running a bit low on WILLING martyrs? Well, as Major K reports from Iraq, you have the assisted suicide form of the car bomb:

In Armyspeak, it is known as the VBIED(Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device).  The dirty little secret of the Islamo-fascists is that many of these car bombs are not the suicide sacrifice that they tell of in their recruiting propaganda.  All too frequently, the driver of many of these vehicles is unaware that he is doing anything more than smuggling supplies through a checkpoint or planting a car bomb for later detonation.  These murderers are often driving not far behind the VBIED with a remote control detonation device.  The bomb is detonated as soon as the vehicle gets close enough to the target, or, as in many cases, the device is about to be discovered and the mission compromised at a checkpoint.  The checkpoint becomes a target of opportunity, no matter how many innocents are there.  We refer to this as a Kervorkian, or an assisted suicide bombing.  It is loathsome.  I have only seen USA Today ever report on the practice.  It was a story about a maimed Saudi teenager in an Iraqi prison for an assisted suicide bombing that didn’t quite kill him.  The mind of the terrorist believes “the end justifies the means,” and innocent victims are “insha allah – the will of God.”  Any innocents killed in jihad go to Heaven.  I figure that jihadis go to hell to keep the afterlife ledger balanced.