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Powerful forces at work inside Palestinian Arab society, largely ignored by observers in the West, have created a culture that grotesquely encourages children to embrace death as a way of advancing the political intrigues of their parents' and grandparents' generation. In throwing this in the faces of observers, they appear to be offering an argument that demonstrates their determination and commitment.
We wrote on this last week: see "29-Apr-13: Hamas demonstrates importance of solid education. Stand by for vigorous response from Amnesty, UNICEF et al".
By the way, it's certainly a mistake to think that it's only the Islamist ultra-extremists of Hamas that are busy promoting self-destruction among the children of Palestinian Arab society. There is abundant evidence on-line testifying to how the 'moderate' Palestinian Authority regime of Mahmoud Abbas has done the same for years. See for instance "1-Feb-12: A video that reveals more about how the war against the terrorists is going than a shelf-full of analyses". It's further proof of how Abbas and his circle of despots are fully engaged in creating the conditions by which a young generation will grow to become, in their words, fertilizer and dirt. That, incredibly, is the vision they and Hamas have marketed with distinction to their people. Child abuse more shocking and large-scale than this is hard to imagine.
The unabashed adoption of death-cult values is one of the factors behind the appalling statistics buried inside this past week's monumental Pew Research Center global survey of Moslems. Based on 38,000 face-to-face interviews in 80-plus languages with Moslems across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, it provides some startling insights.
Globally, most Moslems reject suicide bombing and other attacks against civilians. But the country-by-country numbers reveal sizable minority views. Around 10% of U.S. Moslems now believe suicide bombing or violence against civilians in the name of Islam are "often justified"; a further 7% say it is "sometimes justified to defend Islam" [source]. 15 percent of Jordanians and of Turks see such attacks against civilians as a legitimate means of "defending Islam against its enemies". This violent minority accounts for 26% of people in Bangladesh and 29% in Egypt. Top of the list as the most enthusiastic proponents of killing those whom they see as enemies of their religion: Palestinian Arabs, 40% of whom are pro-suicide bombing. Fleshing the picture out a little, eighty nine percent of Palestinian Moslems favor the idea that women must always "obey" their husband, and want the imposition of Sharia law in their society.
It's hard to argue that the strategy of the PA and the Hamas is not working.
Many civilized people looking on with rising horror from the outside, are asking themselves how much longer the world can tolerate the participation of child-abuse-friendly political figures in respectable multilateral discussions.