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Posted in: Jihad & Terrorism

Published on Feb 05, 2009 by Phyllis Chesler

Written for Pajamas Media

Raping Men as a Terrorist Recruiting Tool


Fancy that! Al Qaeda does not discriminate on the basis of gender or religion. They not only kill both men and women, Muslim and infidel alike, they also recruit men and women by raping them!

[1] Pink News, which bills itself as “Europe’s largest gay news,” outlet has just confirmed that al-Qaeda uses male rape as a tactic to recruit male human bombers in Algeria.

We have just learned about a Sunni al-Qaeda related plot in Iraq in which terrorists raped eighty Muslim girls and women, then turned them over to Samira Jassim who patiently and persistently persuaded the rape victims, (many of whom had been targeted because they were depressed or mentally ill), to cleanse their shame by blowing themselves and other Muslims up. Twenty eight women did so.

In an interview with Dr. Anat Berko, the author of The Path to Paradise. The Inner World of Suicide Bombers and Their Dispatchers, she pointed out that there is “always a woman” behind the female suicide bomber, who functions like a “pimp or a Madam in a brothel.” Potential women suicide bombers are never alone again, they are always accompanied by at least one, usually older woman, who encourages, manipulates, guards, and supports the potential shaheeda–just like a mother might do. Dr. Berko, who is currently a Visiting Professor at George Washington University, is a criminologist, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Israeli Defense Forces, and a research fellow at the Institute for Counter-Terrorism and lecturer at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herziliya.

In a terrible sense, “Madam” Jassim only exaggerated what is routinely and normatively done to many girls and women today in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, and increasingly in countries such as Egypt, Iraq, Algeria, etc. After all, Jassim did her Evil Stepmother maternal dirty work in a culture which fears, despises, shrouds, genitally mutilates, force-marries girls to their first cousins, and perpetrates honor killings. How different is raping them so that they may find glory through jihad? In a sense, isn’t this a quantum career leap and sacred opportunity?

I have written about the routine rape of both male and female children by older boys and men in Arab and Muslim societies many times in the past, in both books and articles. This is one factor which may account for a characteristic life-long “paranoia” and a super-vigilance about shame and honor which afflicts these cultures.

According to Pink News, an Algerian militant, Abu Ba├žir El Assimi, confirmed in the pages of The Sun that:

“The sexual act on young recruits aged between 16 to 19 was a means to urge them to commit suicide operations…that “intense social stigma and fear of more gay sex attacks leaves Muslims prepared to die.”

Apparently, a suspected 22 year-old terrorist bomber was killed in an attempted attack on a security installation in the Tizi Ouzou province of Algeria last month. The ongoing autopsy has revealed that he may have been raped. “There was a large tear in the anus of the terrorist, (as well as semen), which confirms the sexual abuse.”

We can’t say we didn’t know, that no one told us. We now know–I am telling you–that we are dealing with terrorists who engage in the human sacrifice of their own people, including their own children; who hide behind their own civilian populations whom they force into becoming their “human shields;” who use rape as a systematic weapon of war in Darfur, (I have called this “gender cleansing”), and who now use rape as a way to recruit young men and women into becoming human homicide bombers.

But as important: The life work of many ordinary civilians–say off the coast of Somalia, in the Khyber Pass between Pakistan and Afghanistan, in Kandahar, or working the tunnels and alleys of Gaza, is a life in which raped/shamed boys and men spend their entire lives “working” as pirates, smugglers, petty criminals, gun-runners, kidnappers-for-ransom, traumatized, repeat rapists, and soldier-mercenaries.

This is the army America, Israel and Europe now faces. The combatants, often called “militants,” but not “terrorists” or “soldiers,” are often dressed in rags, sometimes in suits, rarely in uniforms. When captured, they will claim civilian status and deny everything.

I hope that the media can wake itself from its’ Hundred Year Spell and refuse to be fooled by fake photos or fake statistics about alleged Israeli “massacres” or “disproportionate” Israeli responses to the non-stop aggression and innate criminality of this new kind of army.

While we may wish to create a new kind of peace or even a military-diplomatic alliance with moderate Muslims who themselves are being held hostage by Islamist terrorists, America owes no apology to the Muslim world. Only America, (not Saudi Arabia, not Jordan, not Egypt, etc.), shed blood for the civilian Muslims of Kosovo, Somalia, Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Semper Fi!


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