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Friday, January 4, 2008

Is the problem suicide bombing or terror?

Simon Wiesenthal Center is sponsoring a drive to outlaw suicide bombing. Well let's say it is outlawed, and let's say that Osama Bin Laden and company get the UN resolutions and say "By Allah, we have to respect the UN." Did we accomplish anything? Not really, because Bin Laden and company will find ways to kill people without suicide bombing. The victims of 9-11 would be just as dead if the hijacker pilots had managed to save themselves, and Benazir Bhutto would be just as dead if her attacker had shot her and escaped in the crowds.
The problem is terror and the violent hateful teachings that inspire it, not suicide bombing.
Ami Isseroff
Last update - 09:07 04/01/2008    
 Wiesenthal Center calls on UN to formally address suicide attacks  By Reuters
A week after Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was killed in a gun and bomb attack, a Jewish human rights group has taken out a full page ad in the New York Times on Friday demanding that the United Nations formally address suicide bombings.
The ad by the Los Angeles based Simon Wiesenthal Center features a picture of Bhutto beneath the words "SUICIDE TERROR: What more will it take for the world to act?" and calls on the United Nations for a special session devoted to the issue.
"Unless we put suicide bombing on the top of the international community's agenda, this virulent cancer could engulf us all," it reads. "The looming threat of WMDs in the hands of suicide bombers will dwarf the casualties already suffered in 30 countries."
In the ad, which will also run in the International Herald Tribune, the Simon Wiesenthal Center also calls on the United Nations to declare suicide bombings "crimes against humanity."
Rabbi Marvin Hier, the center's founder and dean, said Bhutto's assassination showed it was time for the United Nations to devote a full special session to ending suicide bombings.
"If we don't put it on the top of the international agenda, the causalities we are seeing now will be nothing compared to what's in store for us in the future," he said by phone. "Thirty or 40 years from now the reports will be: '100,000 people died today in suicide biological attack.'"
Hier noted that the UN has called special sessions to deal with such issues as global warming and AIDS and should do the same for suicide bombings in 2008.
Bhutto's assassination last week, as she left an election rally in Rawalpindi, threw Pakistan into turmoil and left questions about who was behind the gun and suicide bomb attack.

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