Is indiscriminate 'suicide bombing' acceptable warfare?
On Wednesday July 27, 2005, Sky 'News' joined in the desperate media attempts to whitewash Islam and her suicide bombers with this article:
HISTORY OF SUICIDE BOMBS
The first recorded suicide bombing came from Christian soldiers during the Crusades to free The Holy City of Jerusalem from the control of Muslim armies.
During the Crusades, the Knights Templar destroyed one of their own ships with 140 Christians on board in order to kill 10 times as many Muslims in the opposing fleet.
Even in the Bible a reference is made to a suicide as a means of killing an enemy.
"And Samson said, 'Let me die with the Philistines!' And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life." Book of Judges 16:30, Old Testament.
An early example of suicide bombing occurred during the Belgian Revolution in 1831 - the war between the Dutch and the Belgians - when the Dutch Lt Jan van Speijk blew up his own ship in the harbour of Antwerp to prevent being captured by the Belgians.
He had been ordered to take down his Dutch flag but said: "I would rather blow myself up." He killed dozens of his enemies in the process.
In World War II, Kamikaze pilots acted as human missiles, flying their planes with explosives, directly into US warships.
In the 1950s, Viet Minh "death volunteers" were used against the French colonial army.
Most famously, Palestinian organisations have sent more than 70 suicide bombers on missions against Israeli targets.
The Tamil Tigers are another prolific example, and their Black Tiger unit has committed some 76 suicide bombings since 1987 using more than 240 attackers.
Their victims included former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and many prominent Sri Lankan leaders.
In 1981 the Islamic Dawa Party's suicide bomber attacked the Iraqi embassy in Beirut.
Hezbollah carried out a bombing of the US embassy in April 1983 and the attack on US Marine and French barracks in October 1983 which brought international attention to suicide bombings.
By 1999 Islamic factions such as Hezbollah, the Amal Movement and the Ba'ath Party were all using the method.
The Syrian Social Nationalists were the first to use a female suicide bomber.
In 1986 they had carried out around 50 suicide bombings between them.
Hezbollah was the only one to attack overseas, bombing the Israeli embassy.
In September 11, 2001, terrorists used passenger jets to destroy the towers of the World Trade Centre in New York City.
Still the so-called justification of the suicide attacks is spouted by religious and political leaders.
As Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmad Yassin said: "Once we have warplanes and missiles, then we can think of changing our means of legitimate self-defence.
"But right now, we can only tackle the fire with our bare hands and sacrifice ourselves."
Let us examine the Sky account:Were the 'Knights Templar' really 'Christian soldiers'?
Can we really compare Samson with Islam's 'suicide bombers'?
The 'Poor Knights of Christ and the Temple of Solomon', widely known as the 'Knights Templar', were founded in 1118, in the aftermath of the First Crusade, which was ordered by Pope Urban II in AD 1095 - when he promised that anyone who died in battle fighting for the Church would go straight to heaven (exactly as Moslem suicide-bombers and hijackers are foolishly convinced that Paradise awaits their own murderous acts of jihad and martyrdom).
The Templars were supposed to help the new Kingdom of Jerusalem maintain itself against its hostile Muslim neighbours, and to ensure the safety of the large numbers of European Roman Catholic pilgrims who flowed towards Jerusalem after its conquest at the order of the Papal money-making machine.
The Templars were organized as a monastic order, following a rule created for them by Bernard of Clairvaux, the founder of the Cistercian Order, who introduced them to Pope Honorius II - who eventually made them answerable to only him. Such backing meant the Templars quickly gained power and became prime movers in the international politics of the Crusades period. The Order, which was more 'knight' than 'monk' in its actions, was turned loose on the 'heretic' Cathars (who were far closer to Biblical Christianity in their beliefs than the Templars or popes!) in 1209, in what came to be known as the Albigensian Crusade in Languedoc in Southern France.
Several extraordinary Papal bulls permitted them to levy taxes and tithes in the areas under their direct control, facilitating their quick rise to institutional power until they fell from grace and were stripped of their power and possessions in a coup typical of papal Rome. They had grown incredibly wealthy and had more funds than any European monarch. France was in such great debt to the Templar organization that its king, Philip le Bel (Phillip IV) decided to destroy the Order to secure their wealth and ordered the authorities of France to seize all Templars and their properties on Friday, 13th October, 1307. The arrests took place with little resistance but many Templars had previous warning and fled with their valuables. Philip had apparently failed to secure Papal permission for his action and, at first, weak pope Clement V 'objected' but was soon persuaded to accept the arrest of Templars in all Christian countries - and thus shared in the spoils.
Ignorant people may like to assume that 'The Templars' were Christian - but the evidence shows that neither the Popes, nor the mercenaries they appointed to do their will on earth, exhibit Christian traits either in their doctrines or their actions.
Should we believe the account of the 'suicide' attack on the Muslim fleet? The very existence of a Templar fleet is disputed and it seems they had only four ships which might be called 'warships.' These ships were very small by warship standards, shallow in draught and sailing too low in the water to be able to withstand the heavy waves and winds of the open Atlantic, being suited for use only in relatively calm and shallow waters. The central archive of the Order was originally held at their headquarters in Jerusalem, then at Acre, then (after 1291) on Cyprus. After the dissolution of the Order by Pope Clement V in 1312 the archive passed into the possession of the Hospital of St John on Cyprus and was presumably destroyed when the Ottoman Turks captured the island in 1571. So genuine confirmation of this supposed act of history is highly debatable.
The main points in Samson's revenge over the Philistines:
1. God isn't against killing His enemies (who are obviously also the enemies of His people, Israel) and Samson was chosen to protect Israel;
2. But Samson was constantly and unremittingly disobedient and there is no evidence that he did one thing the way God designed him to do it (selfishness was the mark of his life)!
3. the Philistines called for Samson to be humiliated as they celebrated the 'victory' of their 'god' Dagon over the God of Israel (Judges 16:23-25):
23 Now the lords of the Philistines assembled to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god, and to rejoice, for they said, "Our god has given Samson our enemy into our hands." 24 When the people saw him, they praised their god, for they said, "Our god has given our enemy into our hands, Even the destroyer of our country, Who has slain many of us." 25 It so happened when they were in high spirits, that they said, "Call for Samson, that he may amuse us." So they called for Samson from the prison, and he entertained them. And they made him stand between the pillars.
4. it was Samson's idea to kill his enemies by pulling the roof down on them all;
5. God will not allow people to mock Him for long and allowed Samson to avenge himself and destroy His enemies in the process;
6. although he sought to avenge the loss of his eyes by his death, nowhere does the Bible encourage suicide for, in normal life, it is one of the most selfish acts we can commit, whereas Samson's death was for an unselfish purpose;
7. there are many times in battle where men throw down their lives in 'suicide' missions to kill the enemy or save their own men and most nations think highly of this sacrifice because it is the very opposite of selfish;
8. this is very different from today's 'suicide bombers' who, usually without any warning at all, selfishly kill men, women, and children who have no part in any fighting at all;
9. Samson's life as a Judge of Israel (one who protected Israel against the enemies of God) was effectively over, but this humiliated blind man unselfishly (for the first time!) defeated the whole of the Philistine nation in a demonstration of real sacrifice and power - and set back their offence against Israel for years;
10. Also remember the other massive humiliation of the Philistines when the shepherd boy, David, killed their giant hero, Goliath, with a sling and stone! (1 Samuel 17)
Finally, consider this:
No matter how many Islamic 'suicide bombers' kill themselves as they have done in recent history, the only way they can kill large numbers of 'infidels' is by nuclear devices - do you wonder why the originator of 'suicide' methods, Iran (which holds the second largest oil and gas reserves in the world), needs nuclear 'fuel'?
The clear agenda of the 'Sky' article is to try and deflect criticism of 'terrorism' by tarring others with the same brush. But, even bringing as many other nations and beliefs as possible into their article, they cannot get away from the clear fact that the vast majority of indiscriminate suicide terrorist atrocities in history are committed by Muslims! For a fuller exposition of the exploits of Samson, go to next page!
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