The depravity of our enemy knows no bounds. While traditional media continuously focus on isolated American crimes at Abu Ghraib or perceived Politically Correct slights such as the phantom Koran flushing at Gitmo or the burning of Taliban bodies in Afghanistan, our enemy is time and time again issued a pass for their heinous crimes.
The latest glossed-over crimes by al Qaeda and Iraqi insurgents occurred in the city of Tal Afar. Stryker Brigade News reprints a depressing press release from Task Force Freedom. Excerpted:
… bodies of 14 people buried in a shallow grave just east of the city Friday. Twelve of the corpses were bound and appear to have been shot in the head execution style while two others were decapitated…Terrorists used the city to train mortar teams, and then conducted attacks against innocent civilians…two girls aged 9 and 11 were injured when two mortar rounds impacted in front of their house as they played outside…terrorists in Tall Afar have used boys and women to conduct attacks against security forces and the people of Tall Afar… In the past month, four other incidents of boys from age 10-12 conducting attacks have occurred… In a chilling confession, one boy who Iraqi Police captured during the heavy fighting in September admitted to murdering people and even helping hold the feet of others while the older terrorists beheaded them. He had been sodomized and brain-washed by the terrorists.
This is not merely an isolated incident. In Kirkuk, children as also used as suicide bombers; “A child thought to be just ten years old, wearing an explosives belt, has died in a roadside explosion at the al-Qods intersection…”
The exploitation of children should offend the sensibilities of any civilized person. There is no proper punishment on this earth for those who treat children as tools of terror. As we have seen in the past, the mentally disabled are used for such disgusting purposes, such as pressing a child with Downs Syndrome to act as a suicide bomber. The practice continues in Tal Afar.
Recently, a young boy with a learning disability was coerced into throwing hand grenades at local citizens and Iraqi Security Forces. US Soldiers captured the boy who led them to a 60 year old man who instigated the attack. The man was captured and US forces are working with Iraqi officials to find foster care for the boy.
In late September, a woman believed to be in her early twenties and also mentally impaired, detonated an explosive belt killing herself and seven other innocent Iraqis including one child.
Anyone who knows children with disabilities knows these are the most gentle and innocent citizens deserving of our kindness and compassion. To the animals known as al Qaeda and often referred to in such glowing terms as “freedom fighters” and “the resistance” , they are chattel, tools to sow death and destruction.
The media glosses over such crimes against humanity, and in doing so provides the enemy of civilization an opportunity to conduct their terror war without being held accountable for their actions. Information such as the exploitation and brutality against children and the disabled is suppressed or placed on page A-25.
Those of us with a moral compass are disgusted, to say the least.