''If other people in al-Qaida are really as sadistic as this guy seems to be, then we're really in for a long and awful war.'' National Public
Radio's Daniel Schorr made this comment about the anti-American courtroom
tirade of Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called 20th hijacker. Yes, Mr. Schorr,
the Islamofascists – the ones who want us dead – are, indeed, that
This shows that a lot of people, who should know better, still don't get it.
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Nelson Mandela, one of the world's foremost symbols of political
moral authority, recently met with a Palestinian "activist." The BBC report
about this encounter reads as follows: ''Former [South African] President
Nelson Mandela was having a low-profile meeting with Palestinian activist
Leila Khaled because he was ''not involved'' in the Middle East conflict and
does not wish to be dragged into it.'' Who is this Palestinian ''activist"?
Leila Khaled's march toward fame began in 1969. She served as
part of a team that hijacked TWA Flight 840, a plane they assumed carried
Yitzhak Rabin, then the Israeli ambassador to the United States. Rabin,
however, was not on the plane. So the hijackers forced it to land in
Damascus, and after the passengers and crew deplaned, the terrorists blew
the plane up.
Khaled then underwent a series of plastic surgeries. Having
successfully altered her appearance, Khaled, in 1970, boarded El Al Flight
219 in Amsterdam for yet another hijacking. This time, onboard security
foiled the hijacking by overpowering Khaled and killing her accomplice. The
plane landed safely in London, although Khaled's co-hijacker managed to
shoot a member of the flight crew. She spent a whopping 28 days in jail,
before Britain released her as part of an exchange for hostages taken by
Khaled, please understand, rejects the label, "terrorist. ''A
terrorist, in my opinion,'' says Khaled, ''does things just to bring harm to
human beings with no political reason.'' Oh. Obviously, she and the BBC use
the same dictionary. How many planes must one hijack to be elevated (or
lowered) to the status of ''terrorist''? Things could be worse. The BBC could
have called her a ''frequent flyer.''
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But maybe that isn't sadistic enough. How about Miriam Farahat?
Farahat, known as Um Nidal – Mother of the Struggle – serves as a Hamas
member of the Palestinian Parliament. Her claim to fame? Three of her six
sons died in campaigns to murder Israelis. A Hamas recruitment video
features Farahat showing her 17-year-old son how to kill Israelis, and
telling him not to come back. Mission accomplished. In 2002, that son
murdered five Jewish students. Another son was killed when the Israeli Air
Force blew up his vehicle, which was carrying Kassam rockets. Farahat
celebrated his death, ''I am so proud. I wish I had more sons to offer.''
What about Nizar al-Hindawi? In 1986, Hindawi, a Jordanian, and
his pregnant Irish Catholic girlfriend made arrangements for marriage. They
discussed plans for an immediate flight from London's Heathrow airport to
Tel Aviv, Israel, followed by a trip to Jordan for the marriage ceremony and
a honeymoon. But Hindawi booked a separate flight for his pregnant fiance,
explaining to her that – oops! – his employer had already paid for him to
travel to Israel on a later flight. He bought her a ticket to Israel on El
Al, giving her a wheeled suitcase to use. An alert Heathrow airport El Al
screening agent, suspicious of an unmarried, visibly pregnant Irish woman
traveling alone to Israel for a vacation during Passover, ordered her
luggage searched. Security discovered a false bottom in the suitcase –
clearly unknown to the young pregnant girl – underneath which lay 3.5
pounds of the same type of plastic explosive later used to blow up a Pan Am
plane over Lockerbie, Scotland. The suitcase also contained a trigger
mechanism disguised as a functioning calculator.
In the book ''Victory in Tripoli,'' Joshua London writes about the
Muslim Barbary pirates. They attacked American shipping vessels in the 18th
century, often boarding ships and enslaving crewmembers. Thomas Jefferson,
then U.S. ambassador to France, and John Adams, then ambassador to Britain,
visited the resident ambassador from Tripoli (modern-day Libya) in London to
negotiate a treaty to protect American ships from Barbary pirates. Why,
asked Adams and Jefferson, is your government so hostile to the fledgling
United States of America? After all, we have no quarrel with you, nor you
The Tripolitan ambassador told them – as reported to the
Continental Congress – ''that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet,
that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have
acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty
to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of
all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman [Muslim] who
should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise."
Yes, they are that ''sadistic.'' And yes, we are ''really in for a
long and awful war.''