When we hear about Job Fairs we think about bringing employers and job seekers together for mutual benefit. The former need workers, the latter need to make a living.
A group in Tehran is now sponsoring a different kind of job fair. They need suicide bombers to attack Israel. The Guardian reports:
Mohammad Samadi, a spokesman for the group, told the Guardian that striking at Israel was the priority of his recruitment drive. “The first target is Israel. For us, that is the battlefield,” he said. “All the Jews are targets, whether military or civilian. It’s our land and they are in the wrong place. It’s their duty to pay attention to safety of their own families and move them away from the battlefield,” he said.
â€œItâ€™s our land.â€ Thatâ€™s the Muslim idea that Muslims should always rule any land ever ruled by Muslims. Though a common idea in history (â€œWhatâ€™s mine will always be mineâ€), is has always had the potential to cause war. If Christians and Muslims both thought this way today, weâ€™d not only have violent conflict in the Middle East, but also in North Africa (which used to be â€œChristianâ€ before the Muslim armies conquered it), the Iberian Peninsula, and other parts of Europe.
It doesnâ€™t take much knowledge of history to know that peoples move, and boundaries and ideologies change. Some have noticed that we have a major people movement underway here in the US. As people movements go (think of the Huns, Mongols, Vandals and the European conquest of North America), this one appears fairly benign.
Back to Iran.
Mr. Samadi claims to have over 50,000 people (30% women) signed up to be suicide bombers. If recent Iranian history is any indication, they probably have children among that number also. It wasnâ€™t long ago that current president Ahmadinejad was involved with thousands of Iranian children being used as mine sweepers during the Iran-Iraq war.
Samadiâ€™s group is also recruiting in the Muslim Diaspora in Europe:
“Britain and other European countries have a lot of disaffected Muslims who are ready. We understand the suspicion with which Britain, America and other western countries regard their Muslim populations. We don’t condemn them for this because we believe every Muslim has the potential to turn into a bomb against the west.”
Because of my experience with Muslims, I donâ€™t believe what he believes â€“ that every Muslim is ready to turn into a bomb to kill people. Unfortunately, not everyone has an opportunity to meet non-Samadi-like Muslims. All they hear are the claims of Samadi and his co-belligerents in Hamas, Hezbollah, Al Qaeda, etc. Also, unfortunately, there are a number of folks who think Samadi et al. are merely posing, and have no intent of acting on their stated beliefs â€“ even with plenty of evidence to the contrary.