I never know what to call them sometimes. I don’t agree with the term suicide bomber at all but then again the word martyr calls on religion and that is something left to God in my opinion. Moreover I don’t believe someone blowing themselves up on a public bus can be considered a martyr and many of the arguments justifying it are at best on shaky grounds. However the same act done at a military outpost is more black and white. I think taking one’s life has always been unsettling for the western world and it has baffled me for some time. Most people have no problem with Israeli missiles launching in to refugee camps in the middle of the night, but will become uneasy when someone blows themselves up. That being said I know there are better methods of resistance that are more efficient. That being said I know if Palestinians had something more than their bodies in terms of arsenal then they wouldn’t need to do this. Nevertheless I just don’t agree with the policy.
Now a worse policy seems to be taking shape: kidnappings. And I find myself feeling the same way. I can understand the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier but not a journalist. These recent FOX journalists are a testament of that I suppose. And I don’t even think the kidnappers have ever watched FOX news, they just looked for the first foreign looking person. In any case while I can empathize with one kidnapping and see major fault in the other I feel it is a policy that is overall counter-productive for the Palestinian cause and Israel’s operation Summer Rain has been evidence of that. The action is only as good as it’s reaction.
That being said, I admit that I stand in the middle on these specific issues but I don’t mind it. I’m in no position to say how people should resist but the problem is when they involve one’s religion it begs one to at least attempt to analyze it. This is not a black and white issue; it’s not a fully-condemn or fully-support type scenario and I donÃ¢??t believe it should be. You cannot completely discard it or entirely accept it as it depends on the circumstances. Looking back at Islamic history I see the Prophet pbuh criticizing and condemning his own soldiers after the dust had settled from a battle and in doing so teaching them some of the strictest rules of engagement in military history to date, which I feel are not being applied today at all. And if this is one of those Ã¢??What Would Prophet Mohammad DoÃ¢?? type deals then I don’t think he’d agree with someone blowing themselves up on say a bus full of women and children or civilians in general when his own Muslim army wasn’t allowed to even touch them over 1400 years ago.
It’s kind of strange how the Islamic world consistently looks up to the models of Islamic resistance such as the Prophet pbuh or even Salah Il-Dein, yet focus only on the victory and never on the way the war was won, the manner in which it was conducted. I always hear people telling me that we need another Salah Il-Dein to free Jerusalem but I find myself wondering if they’re as concerned with the outcome as much as the conduct of the battle as he was. He was so famous for it that even his enemies in Europe couldn’t help but document it and this is what history remembers him for.
I know that just mentioning this issue or the fact that I feel I’m somewhere in the middle or simply disagreeing with the policy, opens a whole can of worms. Both sides will disagree with me (or worse) but I generally do not care. I’m not saying I’m right or wrong on the issue; this is just my current worldview. I have what is in the best interests of Palestine and Palestinians at heart, which is why I feel that policies need to be scrutinized and evaluated and if they fail then they have to be abandoned.
That being said, I hope this kidnapping policy does not become a popular one and I hope it starts and ends with the release of these FOX reporters.
American Steve Centanni and New Zealander Olaf Wiig of US organisation Fox News were dropped off at a Gaza City beach-front hotel.
Mr Centanni said they were forced at gunpoint to convert to Islam. They stated their conversion in a video released before they were set free…Speaking after their release, Mr Centanni told Fox News they had been forced to convert to Islam at gunpoint.
“I have the highest respect for Islam… but it was something we felt we had to do because they had the guns and we didn’t know what the hell was going on,” he said by telephone from Gaza City. [BBC]
Whatever happened to verse 2:256 of the Quran? You know, the one that prohibits forcing people in to Islam?