Involuntary manslaughter is a charge applied to people who could not have foreseen that their actions could have reasonably led to someone?s death. In the convoy bombing, the PA prosecutors charged involuntary manslaughter because, they contended, the four men had intended to kill Jews?which is not a punishable offense, at least not in the PA.
What PA dictator Yasser Arafat and the likes of Sheikh Yassin have carefully cultivated over the years is not a culture of death, but a cult of death. Palestinians are placed on the indoctrination assembly line at a very young age, feeding a terrorist complex that depends on a steady stream of fresh young, mindless bodies to become human bombs.
No doubt a large contingent at Sheikh Yassin?s memorial service were brainwashed young products of Yassin?s ?spiritual? guidance. A New York Times interview with 17-year-old Muhammad Abu Hussa is particularly disturbing: ?Asked what would bring peace, he replied, ?The Jews should be annihilated.? He made chopping gestures at his throat, hands and legs. ?They should be turned into parts,? he said.
The most comforting thought about Abu Hussa to an American is that the teenager is a Palestinian. But given the reaction to Yassin?s death of some so-called ?moderate? Muslim groups in the US, it is a fair question to wonder whether Islamic institutions here are producing their own bloodthirsty youths here.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which labels itself a Muslim civil rights organization, issued a press release Monday identifying Sheikh Yassin only as ?the most prominent Palestinian Islamic figure.? Similar was the Muslim-American Society, which went with ?Palestinian religious leader.?
Legitimate questions can be raised about Israel?s targeted killing of Sheikh Yassin. But a much more important one is what it says about both hundreds of thousands of Palestinians and supposedly mainstream Muslim groups in the US that a mass murderer is hailed as a ?religious leader.?
Joel Mowbray, who got his start with Townhall.com, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.
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