Reader's Letter - Suicide bombers and Kamikazes
Published in Jerusalem Post
(30 April 2004, Weekend edition)
Sir, - First, a heartfelt compliment from an addict to quality media.
After a week in Europe, reading about 20 leading daily papers there, to
read my April 23 Jerusalem Post was pure joy - not only because I was
home, but because of a good intellectual challenge. The freshness of
thoughts and the dialectic approach of this week's articles such as those
by Amotz Asa-El, Alan Derschowitz, Sarah Honig and Bret Stephens, or of
Erik Schechter's "Terrorisms, old and new" and Jonathan Rosenblum's
"Liberty, not libertinism" would be rays of light in any world-class
By chance, these last two articles both mentioned al Qaida and other
suicide bombers in the same breath with Japanese kamikaze pilots. This
besmirches kamikazes and whitewashes suicide bombers, when, in fact, there
is a polar difference. Kamikazes, cruel as they were, were
self-sacrificing combatants, wearing uniforms, attacking enemy combatants.
Suicide bombers and their senders and accomplices act totally outside the
law. They are terrorists, mass-murderers of civilians, perpetrators of
crimes against humanity.