Monday, November 27, 2006

Build-A-Bomb Workshop

(from James Taranto's Best of the Web)
Toys 'R' Us

Israeli paratroopers and intelligence agents raided an explosives lab in the West Bank city of Nablus, reports YnetNews.com. "In the lab, the forces found teddy bears with wires hanging from them, apparently slated to be used as explosive devices."

It's reminiscent of a tactic the Soviets used in Afghanistan, which Charles Bork and Gregory D'Elia described in a 1983 Yale Free Press article:

"Butterfly bombs" are a remarkable Soviet contribution to warfare. They consist of two plastic petals around an explosive charge, and are dropped from helicopters to a gentle landing on the ground. The seemingly intriguing toys spark a child's curiosity.

"Butterfly bombs" are representative of Soviet strategy: they do not admit to any difference between a civilian or military population, which is reasonable, since over 95% of the population opposes the Soviet regime. The Soviet response to guerrilla warfare is to terrorize the population, to attack the base of support for a resistance cause.

Always innovative, the Palestinians have brought us the Build-a-Bomb Workshop.

Sick, sick stuff. This is yet another reminder that those who carry out terrorist attacks are interested in killing, period. It has nothing to do with a "struggle" or trying to bring their plight to light, or any other garbage excuse the media gives them. They simply want to kill.

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