The new Taliban
Both Power Line and Little Green Footballs point to a Jerusalem Post story about an extraordinarily gruesome murder in Gaza. A young woman was attacked by several vigilantes and beaten into a pulp before a crowd of horrified bystanders. Her apparent crime: being seen in public with her fiance. John, at Power Line, commented:
To their credit, PA policemen have arrested two suspects. "This does not represent Islam," a student said. But he didn't dare give his name, and bystanders who watched the murder in progress didn't dare call the police until the perpetrators had left the scene. So I guess that's the question that needs to be resolved. The McCartney murder in Northern Ireland may have been a turning point in public attitudes toward Irish terrorism. Who knows, maybe this crime could mobilize popular opinion against Hamas and other terrorist groups in Palestine.I don't put much credit in John's hope that this will be turning point, although it certainly would be nice if it was. To me, this has all the hallmarks of a Taliban-like resurgence, and I would not be at all surprised if Israel finds herself with a neighbor that is not only armed to the teeth and desperate for her destruction, but also one that is advancing the most radical, misogynistic, anti-Western version of Islam around.