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Cherish Your Children

Thursday, 07 June 2007 12:00 AM

"I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live."

— Deuteronomy, Chapter 30, Verse 19

One of Rosie O'Donnell's more infamous and all together inane views regarding terrorism was revealed in this comment: "Don't fear the terrorists. They're mothers and fathers."

They're mothers and fathers all right . . . from Hell!

Western parents, and certainly European parents (I still have family in Italy — they're so crazy about their kids they stop just short of building shrines to them) share a responsibility with their societies in bonding and caring for their youth. As a mother I know that I would, without hesitation, throw myself in front of a train, rush into a burning building, or jump fully clothed into a swimming pool, to save my child. The later I've already done.

In other words — I would go to any lengths to protect my child from harm. That is why it confounds us when we learn the lengths to which the mothers and fathers, that Rosie defends, will go to put their child into harm's way. Or more precisely, to lead them to an early grave.

In January of 2006, Harry de Quetteville in Gaza City wrote of a mother in Gaza. Her name is Maryam Farahat, and she encouraged three of her six sons to die attacking Israel.

She appeared in a video with her youngest boy, Mohammed, 17, telling him not to return alive from a suicide mission. She said; "Encouraging my sons to be martyrs is serving Islam."

In March of this year, two children were used as decoys as they sat in a car wired with explosives. The car needed to clear a U.S. checkpoint in Northern Iraq. Having children in the back seat lowered any suspicions the guards may have otherwise had. Once the vehicle cleared, it was parked, with the children still inside, and then detonated.

Around that same time, Hamas television was broadcasting a video dramatization of the 4-year-old daughter of a female martyr. Even though the child was an actress, she was playing the part of a real girl whose name is Duha. Duha's mother, Reem Riyashi was one of the first female suicide bombers. Reem not only killed herself, she killed several others as well.

She is highly celebrated and praised for setting an example for other women.

In the video, Reem's daughter asks her mother in song to tell the Muslim prophet Muhammad that she sends her love and that she will soon follow her mother's path to martyrdom. The video ends with the little girl strapping on explosives that she discovered in her mother's dresser drawer. Recently in the news were two stories, a week apart, further demonstrating the nurturing skills those "mothers and fathers" possess.

The first story was of a kindergarten play in Palestine. Parents watched proudly and rolled the video tape to capture the images of their children on stage. The performance? A reenactment of jihad.

Some children were costumed with fake explosives, while others painted their hands red to resemble blood. The parents, just filled to the brim with pride, applauded their performance.

The other story was of the Palestinian kindergartners in Gaza in a ceremony that aired on Hamas' Al-Aqsa Television. These tiny tikes were dressed in fatigues and armed with toy guns. Their mantra was death for the sake of Allah.

When asked what was their path, they shouted: "Jihad!"

When asked what was their most lofty aspiration, they shouted; "Death for the sake of Allah!"

Oh Rosie.

Technically, I suppose I can't argue that the terrorists are just parents too. But, what kind of parent hopes for a premature death for their children?

What kind of parent prefers tragedy and violence for their child over a hope for a bright future?

I can't even begin to relate. Good grief — when my son leaves to join his baseball team, I go down the list with him. "Do you have everything you need to protect yourself if you are catching today?"


"How about your chest protector?"


"And your cup, did you put on your cup?"

"Geez, Mom!"

A few years ago, I was watching a news story about 6- and 7-year-old Muslim boys in combat training. It chilled me to see such young children dressed in army fatigues and carrying weapons that I had never seen before. And as I watched, I couldn't help notice the stark contrast between the young boy on TV and my own son, who at that very moment was outside, dressed in his team uniform with a baseball bat in his hand, in Little League training.

How, I wondered, could my son prove to be a formidable match for the child in the news story? I was suddenly and painfully aware of my son's innocence and vulnerability. Two boys — worlds apart — one training to be a good baseball player, the other training to kill him.

It was around that time that World Net Daily had posted a story about a new Internet magazine that serves as a training manual for Muslim youth to be holy warriors right in their own homes.

The publication is called the A!Battar Training Camp — A Magazine Published by the Military Committee of the Mujahideen in the Arabian Peninsula. According to an editorial, the publication "is given as a gift to the youth of Islam whose hearts burn in support of the religion by means of jihad for the sake of Allah."

A statement of purpose in the introduction reads as follows:

So, as the young Islamic boy heads towards his computer to learn to plan jihad for the sake of his Allah, my little guy heads to his PlayStation2 to play MLB 2006, for the sake of the game. And while the boys are busy at work on their passions, I can't help wonder which passion will shape the future of our world.

Noted patriot William Ross Wallace once said; "For the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world."

The world's future is indeed uncertain if those hands rocking the cradle are bloody ones.


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