Article copyIn my book, anybody putting a gun in the hands of his 5 years old son or strapping an explosive belt around her 10 years old daughter is not fighting for freedom, resisting oppression, showing resolve or absolute despair.
Certainly not absolute despair.
It's in our genes, probably ever since we slowly and painfully extirpated ourselves from the primeval reptilian mud to follow the long path of evolution from a mammalian-reptile, to protect our progeny.
And in the most casual up to the worst desperate situations, this is one of the primary things we focus on. Magic of gregariousness, it works at the parents' but also at the group's level. Just observe the change of attitude of any decent woman who became a mother, of any decent man who became a father, of any decent social group whenever there are newborns and children around. Observe the heightened state of alert, attention and care. Observe how women concentrate on the young while the men stay on the fringe, watching for predators.
This is vital. This is the survival of the group. We watch over them, against every kind of predator.
For any given parents and group to successfully and repeatedly overcome this instinctive behavior and voluntarily put their offspring at risk, it does not take resolve, pride or despair but a mental pathology, a religious or political fanaticism.
It takes pure, evil hatred that's beyond any justification.
And beyond any redemption.
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This banner is born out of a visit at Little Green Footballs' Palestinian Child Abuse slideshow and my disgust in front of the Palestinian pedocides -- If you allow me the neologism -- both of their own children and those of Israel.