Thursday, June 20, 2002

Freedom through Suicide

This quote from Sheikh Bassem Sa'adi, the leader of Islamic Jihad in Jenin "Our people need freedom; we want to live like all the other people of the world. But for these there is a price, and that is this noble act of martyrdom."

So, if you want to live free like the rest of the world, you have to commit suicide?

The headline of this story, "Back into the Heart of Darkness," says it all. One can sympathize with the words of Kurtz, in the story by Joseph Conrad, "The horror. The horror." if not his earlier note, "Exterminate all the brutes!" This must be the hardest part for the Israelis, to hold onto their own humanity in the face of such madness.

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