Even for people who have followed the utter depravity and hatred of Muslim militants in places like Afghanistan, the BBC report from Helmand province yesterday truly shocked the conscience. BBC is reporting that an eight-year-old girl was found approaching a police checkpoint wearing a suicide vest. She is thought to be the sister of a leading Taliban commander.
It would appear that the unhinged holy rage of the Taliban includes the belief that strapping a suicide vest on a child (let alone your sister) would please Allah.
The girl fortunately was spotted before she could detonate the vest. They are not sure if she was confused by the ordeal or unable to use the button rigged to her explosives.
In an interview later, the girl said that she was “tired of my stepmother. My brother told me to wear the black vest, go to the police checkpoint and press the button.” She says that her brother was there and fled after she was arrested.
The use of a child for this mission gives another frightening glimpse into the Taliban’s hateful beliefs where even a child can be used as a vehicle of death.
The Taliban is not alone. If you recall, we have previously discussed other groups recruiting children as suicide bombers, terror camps for children, and homicidal children’s programming. I do not accept that we cannot judge such groups without understanding their history of abuse and violence. The use of children as weapons is a grotesque act that few people cold stomach, let alone countenance. It reveals a homicidal inclination that has found an expression in religion that knows no bounds or limits.
The use of children in suicide bombings by Muslim extremists is on the rise and various international groups have been set up to help those who, like this little girl, refuse to go through with their missions.