The Command Post
March 29, 2003
Palestinian suicide bombers head to Iraq

The Jerusalem Post:
Arafat's Fatah militia dispatches suicide bombers to Iraq

Hundreds of Palestinians living in Lebanon have been sent to Iraq to carry out suicide attacks against American and British soldiers.

Colonel Munir Maqdah, one of the top commanders of the Fatah movement in Lebanon, said his men were already in Baghdad, prepared to launch suicide attacks. Another group of Fatah suicide bombers are due in Iraq shortly, he added.

Posted By Meryl Yourish at March 29, 2003 01:01 PM | TrackBack

Arafat won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1994.

(Yes, I stole that from BotW.)

Posted by: E. Nough at March 29, 2003 01:06 PM

More freaking reminders on why we do NOT want a 2nd Palestinian state for gawd's sakes.

Posted by: Ben Noah at March 29, 2003 01:07 PM

Good. It serves to clarify who is fighting for freedom and democracy and who is a member of a fanatical death cult.

Posted by: Parabellum at March 29, 2003 01:26 PM

Just think: if the poptards actually had a state of their own at this point, we could declare war on it!

Posted by: Mac at March 29, 2003 01:29 PM

The more of them in Baghdad, the fewer available to blow up malls and pizza parlors in Israel.

Posted by: Meatsss at March 29, 2003 01:33 PM

It seems that the Arabs have finally found a use for the Palestinians...

As Donkey Bombs... Stupid jackasses!

Posted by: Mark at March 29, 2003 01:33 PM

I don't think Arafat has much control over the Lebanese Fatah-- there are plenty of different groups of palestinians, and Arafat probably doesn't represent them all-- he's more of a Jesse Jackson.

As for statehood, I say they should get it. As it is, palestianians are wards of the Israeli state. Give them their own statehood, and if they want to attack Israel, Israel can give back like only one sovereign nation can give to another. If there's trouble at the border, Israel can close it, turning the palestinian economy off like a faucet. Let the Arab world take up the slack left by the absense of Israeli welfare.

Posted by: LAN3 at March 29, 2003 01:34 PM

the good bad and ugly
this is so funny to post these 2 together
israel is good
palestine bad

Posted by: pako at March 29, 2003 01:46 PM

One or two less to kill elsewhere.

As long as we're at it, might as well do these fools in too.

Posted by: Charles at March 29, 2003 01:47 PM

Will the New York Times and CNN be reporting this?

Posted by: Dude at March 29, 2003 01:48 PM

Just a thought: maybe our boys should build some "Uncle Solly Pizza" stands by the roadside for them, let them know they've reached the proper place.

"Pizzagram for Mr Splodeydope..."

Posted by: Bang! at March 29, 2003 02:03 PM

Arafart losing more control?

"Although he belongs to Fatah, Maqdah has openly challenged Arafat" in the past.

This will be dissected by the US administration when they start trying to "solve" the PA-Israel "problem". How much longer they can go on pretending Arafat wants anything but the whole of Israel, especially now that those they were posturing for [eg France] are unmasking, is uncertain. Except, of course, it is the State Department...

Posted by: John Anderson at March 29, 2003 02:18 PM

"I don't think Arafat has much control over the Lebanese Fatah"

Fatah is not Lebanese, it is Palestinian, and Arafat is the leader of the group. If there is a Fatah man in Lebanon, he is Arafat's henchman. He would not make a decision like this without Arafat's approval. Arafat is just trying to give the media some way of not tying this back to him, so he doesn't suffer PR-wise. The media is always on its knees for Arafat, it knows how to report what he wants them to.

There are no major Lebanese terrorist groups that I know of. Even Hizbullah, which I think is active there, is based in Syria.

Posted by: Michael Levy at March 29, 2003 02:21 PM

Couldn't one of our laser guided bombs go astray and land on Arafat?

Posted by: Stephen at March 29, 2003 02:55 PM

Suicide? This is murder and should be called such. Since when has the sympathy been for the killer and not the victims? These are homicide killings in which the killer gets him/her self as well. Call them what they are!

Posted by: Robert P. at March 29, 2003 03:19 PM

Could someone explain why the United States and the United Kingdom are backing a Palestinian state? At some point, hopefully very soon, we must deal with the reality that the Palstinian "nation" is a terrorist culture. It cannot be reformed. Any negotiations will simply be tactical or strategic pauses in their war against Israel and the West.

Posted by: James Jones at March 29, 2003 03:19 PM

"There are no major Lebanese terrorist groups that I know of. Even Hizbullah, which I think is active there, is based in Syria."

The Hizzies are extremely (in fact, principally) active in Lebanon, actually. Yes, they do deploy and supply via Syria (for which at this point Lebanon is merely a poorly governed province), but are ultimately controlled by Iran's government.

Posted by: Mac at March 29, 2003 03:58 PM

And don't forget, it's Syria-occupied Lebanon.

Not free Lebanon. It hasn't been free in more than two decades.

Posted by: Meryl Yourish at March 29, 2003 04:05 PM

i will say this again and again until someone at the top listens if you will bury theese assholes{palistinians and terroists} in a dead pig hide it will sure put a full blown halt on them trying to get to that is my opion but im aby normal...

Posted by: aby normal at March 29, 2003 05:16 PM

This sounds phoney to me (and considering the Jerusalem Post is owned by Murdoch aka FOX NEWS, well...).

It is beyond belief that Arafat would authorize any such thing and condemn the Palestinian Authority to total pariah status with the US, UN, and world opinion. He may not be a nice guy, but he's not a complete idiot.

Posted by: Lassiter Jones at March 29, 2003 07:04 PM

Lassiter Jones: "Not a nice guy, but not a complete idiot." : Remember, if he stops being an idiot, he stops breathing. He's riding a tiger, there are many in the PLO who would bump him off in a second if he doesn't follow the "Kill the Jews" line.
Myself, I hope the report is true: it's much easier to deal with the problem when they're targetting M1 Tanks and armed, trained soldiers than busses full of civilians.
This war has finally and completely removed any hope whatsoever of the Palestinians achieving anything by terrorist, or even military means. But while the Palestinian leadership is studying Bin Laden rather than Gandhi, the state of Israel is safe (though not individual Israelis).
But if they *do* start studying Gandhi, a method to which the Israelis have no defence, there won't be the need for the State of Israel as we now know it. Instead, an Israel that's slightly smaller, but a lot safer.
Don't hold your breath though.

Posted by: Alan E Brain at March 29, 2003 07:46 PM

Ah, the Jerusalem Post, that bastion of unbiased truth and journalistic integrity. Just last week, they reported the US had found the first of Hossein's chemical weapons plants. Their on site reporter claimed it looked "eerily like the gas chambers" of Nazi Germany. A few other papers picked it up, until it turned out to be false-- an abandoned factory now used as a barracks.

They pull stunts like this every couple of weeks. Bend the truth so far and hope it won't break. There's a lot of good newspapers in Israel; this isn't one of them.

About this story itself; maybe it is true. But whats not said is Munir Maqdah leads a dissident Fatah group that is anti-PLO. He was pretty high up in Arafat's organization in the early 90s...left in anger over the Oslo Accord, came back for a bit claiming to accept the peace process, then got kicked out again. He's survived at least one assasination attempt rumored to be from the PLO itself.

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