Rock bottom: Taliban sends six-year-old on suicide bomb mission

posted at 1:21 pm on June 23, 2007 by Allahpundit

The Palestinians usually (but not always) confine their child abuse to brainwashing and pageantry. Not so the “Afghan resistance,” as some anti-war groups have now taken to calling them. First there was the video of the 12-year-old Talib beheading an accused NATO spy, then there was the ABC video last week of another(?) 12-year-old “graduating” from jihad school, and now this. Their brothers in Iraq figured out a few months the benefits of using children in suicide attacks. Afghanistan’s finally caught up:

Children as young as six are being used by the Taliban in increasingly desperate suicide missions, coalition forces in Afghanistan claimed yesterday.

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), to which Britain contributes 5,000 troops in southern Afghanistan, revealed that soldiers defused an explosive vest which had been placed on a six-year-old who had been told to attack Afghan army forces in the east of the country.

The boy was spotted after appearing confused at a checkpoint. The vest was defused and no one was hurt.

The claim came only hours after the second report this week that civilians had been killed in Nato military operations…

“They placed explosives on a six-year-old boy and told him to walk up to the Afghan police or army and push the button,” said Captain Michael Cormier, the company commander who intercepted the child, in a statement. “Fortunately, the boy did not understand and asked patrolling officers why he had this vest on.”

Thanks to Weasel Zippers for the tip. To wash out the taste of that little nod at moral equivalence in the blockquote, watch this video from (of all places) the BBC. Thanks to INDC Bill for tipping me to that one.

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the lefts’ beloved freedom-fighters

Opinionnation on June 23, 2007 at 1:25 PM

Reason 9999999.99 to eliminate Islam from the face of the earth…

doriangrey on June 23, 2007 at 1:27 PM

International human- and children’s rights orgs will be on top of it in 5,4,3,2,1. And the ‘illustrious’ int’l media will report it diligently.

Entelechy on June 23, 2007 at 1:28 PM

is this desparation on hte part of the taliban or using our humanity against us?

Defector01 on June 23, 2007 at 1:34 PM

“This the nothing more than the moral equivalance of sending your 6 year old to sunday school.”
–an American Liberal

Montana on June 23, 2007 at 1:37 PM

One man’s child is another man’s bomb.

robblefarian on June 23, 2007 at 1:44 PM

Montana on June 23, 2007 at 1:37 PM

Yep because sending a six year old to Sunday school so often results in the six year old being blown into little tiny pieces, funny how often that happens. Hell I was driving past a church just last Sunday when some poor little six year olds arm came flying out of nowhere after the little tyke blew up and damned if that little suckers are didn’t crack my windshield…

doriangrey on June 23, 2007 at 1:45 PM

Bush drove them to do it.

infidel4life on June 23, 2007 at 1:50 PM

Wow! Maybe I should open that millstone factory next to the sea. Looks like my business would be booming….

ScottG on June 23, 2007 at 1:50 PM

Then one day I hear “Reach for it, Ahmed.” I spun around, and there I was standing face to face with a six year old kid. Well, I just laid down my Kalashnikov and walked away. Little bastard shot me in the ass. So I limped to the nearest mosque, crawled inside a Koran, and I’ve been there ever since.

a4g on June 23, 2007 at 1:51 PM

All that the Koranimals will learn from this is that they need a remote detonator.
Islam needs to be banned from our planet.
If they don’t like it they can find another.

bbz123 on June 23, 2007 at 1:55 PM

Must mean they are running out of adults. Seems to be a trend when it comes to splodeydopes.

Krydor on June 23, 2007 at 2:01 PM

El Presidente’ Jorge Boosh once used the term ‘shock and awe’… they’re trying to beat him at his own game.

SilverStar830 on June 23, 2007 at 2:01 PM

sick. sick. sick. I wonder why You Tube turned off the comments on the BBC video? Any guesses?

pullingmyhairout on June 23, 2007 at 2:37 PM

Great news. That’s all they’ve got left.

After the NATO boys (or was it just us?) wiped out 80 of these maggots in Pakistan, I am starting to believe that the left’s dream that we are “creating new terrorists every day with our occupation” may be a liberal dream that is running out of gas.

Jaibones on June 23, 2007 at 3:14 PM

Anyone who would do such a thing to a six year old should be stripped of their skin and repeatedly dunked in acid and then left to die. There should be less than zero tolerance for any such tactics.

JeffB. on June 23, 2007 at 3:34 PM

An enemy that makes it near impossible to NOT kill civilians. Horrific doesn’t begin to describe the situation.

Yakko77 on June 23, 2007 at 4:52 PM

doraingrey

You are aware I was posing as a Liberal and that my sarcasm was at high tide? Right?

Heh.

Montana on June 23, 2007 at 4:55 PM

I remember reading a thread where people here were elated at the fact that the U.S. targeted a building with children of Islamic radicals inside it, shouldn’t those same people be happy that the children are now killing themselves? Rhetorical of course.

Nonfactor on June 23, 2007 at 9:32 PM

NON Factor You are an asshole!

sonnyspats1 on June 23, 2007 at 10:12 PM

Not Rhetorical

sonnyspats1 on June 23, 2007 at 10:13 PM

NON Factor You are an asshole!

sonnyspats1 on June 23, 2007 at 10:12 PM

Obliged.

Nonfactor on June 23, 2007 at 11:12 PM

Nonfactor…… Really dude/dudette you are a great debater and bring a strong competitive spirit here that I can respect, but you need to rethink the post in question.

sonnyspats1 on June 23, 2007 at 11:27 PM

The dino-media better squash this story pronto.

Mojave Mark on June 23, 2007 at 11:54 PM

but you need to rethink the post in question.

sonnyspats1 on June 23, 2007 at 11:27 PM

I know it was an insensitive or “not PC” thing to say, but what is there to say about the story? Everyone here knows suicide bombings targeting civilians are reprehensible and the fact that a six-year old is being forced to go through with it is even worse. Repeating such would be unnecessary. I was simply commenting on the comments in this thread in regards to comments in a thread I saw the other day, pointing out a slight hypocrisy in hopes that others here would realize it themselves.

Reading the story actually humanizes the children in the possession of these radicals, to think that just a few days ago people were applauding the fact that children like this young boy were killed, in my mind, is disgusting, and I figured I’d bring it up as a (rhetorical) question.

Nonfactor on June 24, 2007 at 12:11 AM

OK I agree their deaths were disgusting. This whole war is disgusting but very nessecary. Unfortunatly we are at war with an enemy who will hide in churches and use innocent civilians as sheilds. The Islamists don’t recognize and code or ethics in battle. They turn hospitals into armories ambulances into troop transport vehicles. They have been found wearing burkas trying to escape detection. They operate in highly populated areas and wear no uniforms. Our military has had its hands hog tied by the current rules of engagment making them look ineffective and incompitant. The fatalities of children during Opperation Arrowhead was a tragedy of the ugliest kind. The encouragment and excitment you recognised was for the fact that the surge is working and unfortunatly for that to happen people will die. It is a war not a police action and the violence that you hear of in the MSM everyday is not violence it is WAR!

sonnyspats1 on June 24, 2007 at 12:53 AM

just a few days ago people were applauding the fact that children like this young boy were killed

I think you got the emphasis wrong in most of those posts, nonfactor. People were pleased, generally, that the our forces were finally not being constrained by the old trick of these clowns to use women and children, and hospitals, and ambulances, etc. etc. ad freaking nauseam as shields to hide behind. They weren’t applauding the fact that children got killed, just that the fact that children might get killed didn’t prevent us from trying to take out the high value targets. The Geneva Convention states that combatants out of uniform who hide themselves among civilian populations are responsible for what happens to those civilians. The side that is playing by the rules is allowed to fire away in those cases. The (pre-Islamofascist era) idea here is that irregular combatants will be discouraged from trying these tricks because they will cause harm to come to those civilians (their countrymen presumeably), and hospitals will become targets and ambulances will be searched, relying on the fact that said combatants have one shred of decency somewhere in their hearts. The Geneva Convention gets the distinction; most of the posters the other day got the distinction–why don’t you?

smellthecoffee on June 24, 2007 at 1:00 AM

is this desparation on hte part of the taliban or using our humanity against us?

Defector01 on June 23, 2007 at 1:34 PM

Both. When I left in ’05, they were not doing anything even remotely this desparate. Of course, we had been zorching them as they crossed the borders (and we still are) – so they have had to adjust since they can’t seem to even muster enough to get into stand up fights anymore. It’s down to kidnappings, IEDs and this type of suicide attack.

Doesn’t indicate strength in the “resurgent Taliban” (I don’t even see the press touting/using that one much anymore)if you have gone from 100-150 man formations fighting in the mountains to strapping bomb vests on 6 year olds, kidnapping journalists, and setting up bombs. These guys are turning into an Islamic FMLN.

major john on June 24, 2007 at 11:33 AM

Saves money on C-4.

profitsbeard on June 24, 2007 at 5:19 PM

Don’t hold your breath for the MSM to pick this story up, it would be hazardous to your health.

omegaram on June 24, 2007 at 9:22 PM

Dear Lord, that is sick.

Nonfactor on June 23, 2007 at 9:32 PM

Yeah, gee, let me think. Where were the terrorists? Hiding behind the children, like they’ve done so many times before?

Obviously you don’t want to target civilians, but people need to realize that if an army is hiding among non-combatants and using them as shields like cowards, THEY are responsible for the loss of innocent life, not their adversaries.

emmaline1138 on June 25, 2007 at 7:24 AM

Non Factor is simply playing with words and brings nothing but his owned admitted rhetoric to any debate.

Montana on June 25, 2007 at 10:16 AM

Reason 9999999.99 to eliminate Islam from the face of the earth…

doriangrey on June 23, 2007 at 1:27 PM

Reason 99999991.00: If they ever take control of America, they WILL teach your children to do things like this in the name of their pagan moon god.
(ever notice the crescent moon that is their symbol?)

Dark-Star on June 25, 2007 at 12:06 PM

Must mean they are running out of adults. Seems to be a trend when it comes to splodeydopes.

Krydor on June 23, 2007 at 2:01 PM

No, just means that it is getting more difficult for the adults with bomb vests to get close to their targets. BTW, this is my first comment in HA!!!

Snidely Whiplash on June 25, 2007 at 12:59 PM

A child of that age had to have either parental involvement or parental negligence to explain his actions. This kid was either given the “holy” quest by his parents or shanghai’d into it. Given these possibilities I think handing him over to an adoption agency is the best course of action. Just make sure he’s not adopted by an American celebrity, as that may eventually lead him down the same path.

I’m just glad that the boy didn’t understand why he was wearing the vest. That may mean that there is still hope for him.

kevind411 on June 25, 2007 at 1:45 PM

Reason 9999999.99 to eliminate Islam from the face of the earth…

doriangrey on June 23, 2007 at 1:27 PM

Reason 999999999 why Islam is NOT a religion, it’s only a death cult and by no means does it qualify as a religion.

Maxx on September 25, 2007 at 9:39 AM