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August 14, 2006
The Youngest Suicide Bomber

British officials have begun questioning a Muslim couple arrested in the terror-plot roundup this week about their plans to exploit their six-month-old baby in order to sneak explosives on board an international flight. Abdula Ahmed Ali and his wife Cossor intended on using baby bottles to sneak liquid components of a bomb onto an airplane, allowing their infant to become the world's youngest suicide bomber:

Scotland Yard police are quizzing Abdula Ahmed Ali, 25, and his 23-year-old wife Cossor over suspicions they were to use their baby's bottle to hide a liquid bomb.

The theory is one of the reasons security chiefs are now insisting mothers taste babies' milk at check-in desks before allowing them to take bottles aboard flights. ...

Police in England have reportedly recovered bottles containing peroxide, including some with false bottoms, from a recycling centre close to the homes of some of the arrested suspects.

It has emerged MI5 agents launched covert intrusions on the homes of some suspects several weeks ago in "sneak and peek" operations to plant listening devices and gather evidence ahead of the arrests last week.

Links between suspects in the jet bomb plot and those behind the London 7/7 attacks have also come to light.

This will shock many, but it hardly seems very far removed from jihadists that use children for suicide missions. In the West Bank and Gaza, Hamas rallies regularly feature children barely old enough to walk laden with mack suicide-bomb belts. Parents seem pleased to offer their offspring as cannon fodder in efforts to kill the children of others. With a mindset like this, why would it surprise anyone that a jihadist would exploit his newborn as a murder weapon?

It seems shocking only to those who have not paid attention to the rise of Islamofascism. The article provides examples of this from the Ali's neighborhood. One neigbor expressed his disbelief because "He is religious and seemed to love his family." Yes, apparently he is quite religious -- and that radical faith is exactly why he saw no problem in turning his child into an improvised explosive device. Even the family seems to have trouble putting the signs together. The child now is in the custody of its maternal grandparents, who expressed surprise about the urgency of Ali's recent trip to Pakistan.

The depravity of the enemies of reason and freedom have never been more apparent. We knew they had no problem killing women and children, and we knew they had no compunction about committing suicide to accomplish this. The coldly calculated sacrifice of their own children for tactical advantage in a suicide mission shows just how animalistic these people can get, and why we need to be ruthless in our war against them.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at August 14, 2006 5:15 AM

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