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Rape, then Martyrdom: Gifts of Islam

Iraqi woman had 80 women raped then recruited as suicide bombers

A WOMAN suspected of recruiting more than 80 female suicide bombers has confessed to organising their rapes so she could later convince them that martyrdom was the only way to escape the shame.

Samira Jassam, 51, was arrested by Iraqi police and confessed to recruiting the women and orchestrating dozens of attacks.

In a video confession, she explained how she had mentally prepared the women for martyrdom operations, passed them on to terrorists who provided explosives, and then took the bombers to their targets.

“We arrested Samira Jassim, known as ‘Um al-Mumenin’, the mother of the believers, who was responsible for recruiting 80 women”, Major General Qassim Atta said.

“She confessed her responsibility for these actions, and she confirmed that 28 attempts had been made in one of the terrorists’ strongholds,” he said.

Samira Jassim was arrested on January 21. She is allegedly linked to the Ansar al-Sunnah insurgent group.

In the words of Voltaire (as I’m so fond of repeating), “those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” This atrocity gets laid squarely at the feet of belief. If the women did not believe in their scripture, having not been taught their entire life about an afterlife or spiritual damnation, they would in no way see death as an “escape.”

They’d see nothing to escape from, only a crime committed against them. They’d seek therapy, empowerment, and to see their attackers punished. Chalk another raft of human carnage up to virulent Islam, one of the worst offenders. But as Neil Peart wrote, “no one gets to their heaven without a fight.” All religions rely on false certitudes and superstitions which create bad desires (because they aren’t based on reality).

People act on their desires. We can build a better world by changing what people believe and desire so they change their actions. We can support good desires which help support rather than thwart other people’s good desires. This is the philosophy of “desire utilitarianism.”

For more on desire utilitarianism, visit Atheist Ethicist Alonzo Fyfe.

[story h/t Charles Kelm]


Comments (8 comments)

ClintJCL / February 5th, 2009, 12:31 am / #1

Wow. That's pretty damn despicable. What's a suitable punishment? Gang rape by 80 men, with sperm that explode, leaving no trace of the host body?

BlackSun / February 5th, 2009, 1:47 am / #2

Exploding sperm, I like it. LOL.

Liquid Egg Product / February 24th, 2009, 9:11 pm / #3

Have you seen her picture? I don't know where you'd find 80 volunteers.

OzAtheist / February 5th, 2009, 12:49 am / #4

I was wondering how a woman could do that to other women, but then remembered she is religious.
It seems that for the the religious the ends justify the means, no matter how evil those 'means' are.

BlackSun / February 5th, 2009, 1:03 am / #5

Secular Tamil Tigers (believe it or not) are said to have originated modern suicide bombing, being responsible for more than half of the attacks between 1980 and 2000. (Source: Wikipedia) But what does it say about the morality of Islam that instead of recoiling in horror, they said "Hmm, good idea!"

As for the woman? She's just bought into the body-shame argument, which I have to admit has a certain twisted logic to it. She must have said something like this: "The rape is your fault, so kill yourself to curry favor with God so he'll forgive you for being the way "he" made you and "making" the men rape you. (Even though I set the whole thing up)."

Oh, and it dovetails nicely with the ongoing Islamic asymmetrical warfare campaign (aka terrorism), which, as you can see by the counter to the left of this comment, stood at 12,678 deadly atrocities between 9.11.01 and 02.05.09. That's several per day. Every day.

And it's so much easier to hide explosives under a burqa.

Clint / February 24th, 2009, 9:18 pm / #6

I'm pretty sure Japanese kamikaze pilots were modern suicide
bombers a good 40 years earlier…..

(side-note: intense debate doesn't fit your comment into the box if your
text is zoomed, which i need to do 150% to read most sites. So if my
comments have carriage returns in weird places.. that's why.
And it still doesn't remember my login, like wordpress does.)

lookinforneil / December 9th, 2009, 6:00 am / #7

I don't mean to be troll-ly, but there is a definite flaw in the logic that supports that Islam is a incorrigibly violent religion, and yet does not object to the fact that it's followers have to be basically emotionally or spiritually blackmailed into killing others. If Islam was inherently so violent, wouldn't it be easier for these wackos to recruit volunteers for their murderous cause, and also, why would the ringleader be arrested by a fellow Muslim? Could it be possible that rape, murder and suicide are actually not tenets of Islam, and that follows of Islam are just human beings who mirror the full spectrum of human existence? Not if you're simple tard.

BlackSun / December 9th, 2009, 6:26 am / #8

All religions lead to unsupportable actions. Some are violent, some just absurd. It may be that only a small minority of Muslims actually commit violence, but a much larger percentage oppress their women, for example, based on their traditions. And the ones who are violent often cite the violent passages in their scripture to support their actions.

It's time to stop looking to ancient scriptures and codes of any religion for moral guidance and base our morality on universal justice and the reduction of human suffering. We also need to move toward total separation of church and state, a principle which seems to fall on particularly deaf ears in the Islamic world.

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