Friday, February 10, 2006

Putin, Hamas, Chechnya, And The Virgins

President Putin says that Hamas is not a terror organization - maybe he believes that his reward for this controversial opinion is in the Next Life.
Putin, in a joint press conference in Madrid with Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, said Thursday that Russia did not consider Hamas a terrorist organization, and urged the global community to work with a Hamas-led Palestinian government.
Hamas pioneered suicide bombing using the famous "Virgins" promo (my emphasis):

The Hamas movement educates the children in its schools, beginning in kindergarten, to believe that a martyr is given virgins in Paradise. Jack Kelley of USA Today visited Hamas schools in Gaza City, where he saw an 11-year-old boy speak to his class: "I will make my body a bomb that will blast the flesh of Zionists, the sons of pigs and monkeys... I will tear their bodies into little pieces and will cause them more pain than they will ever know." His classmates shouted in response, "Allah Akhbar," and his teacher shouted, "May the virgins give you pleasure." A 16-year-old Hamas youth leader in a Gaza refugee camp told Kelley, "Most boys can't stop thinking about the virgins."

Al Risala, the Hamas mouthpiece, published the will of Sa'id Al-Hutari, who carried out the June 1, 2001 suicide bombing outside the disco near the Dolphinarium in Tel Aviv that killed 23, mostly teenage girls. "I will turn my body into bombs that will hunt the sons of Zion, blast them, and burn their remains," Al-Hutari wrote. "Call out in joy, oh my mother; distribute sweets, oh my father and brothers; a wedding with 'the black-eyed' awaits your son in Paradise."

"The Americans and the eunuchs at their sides [i.e. the rulers of Arab and Islamic countries]... think that if they kill us, they will win," wrote Dr. Yunis Al-Astal, a lecturer in the Islamic Law Department at Gaza Islamic University, "They do not know that with their weapons they only expedite our arrival in Paradise. We yearn to reach Paradise; it is our abode, and in it are 'the black-eyed,' confined to pavilions, and also there are [women] with downcast eyes whose chastity has not been violated before us by either man or jinn. In contrast, the value of this world in which we live, which they [i.e. the Americans and the Arab rulers] think that they have attained, is in our eyes not worth the wing of a mosquito..."

(In case you're confused by"the black eyed":

In Islam, the houri...or hour-ul-‘Ein, are described as "fair women of Paradise" awaiting devout Muslims...(the) usual etymology derives houri from the word awira, to be black-eyed, like a gazelle...)

Putin possibly goes along with the 16-year old boys and Palestinian lawyer. He's slaughtered plenty of Muslims in Chechnya, including boatloads of young girls presumably now sitting around in Islamic Paradise - perhaps Hamas offers him a chance to exploit this unused resource.

PS, Apologies to readers if this was TMI on Islamic Women's Rights.