The Fogel family tragically meets the same fate as the victims of other child-killing totalitarian movements.
“We have discovered how to hit the Jews where they are most vulnerable. The Jews love life, so that is what we will take from them. We are going to win, because they love life and we love death.”
- Hassan Nasrallah, Secretary General of Hezbollah
Islamist murderers put their evil philosophy, as outlined by Nasrallah, into practice once again on Saturday when they murdered a Jewish family of five in Itamar, a West Bank settlement. Besides the father and mother, three of their six children, including a baby of three months, were stabbed to death. The ages of the other two offspring were 11 and three-years old. The monsters of nature who committed this attack are still being sought.
“This is one of the most brutal attacks we’ve ever seen,” said an Israeli army officer, adding the children “were literally slaughtered.”
Israel, naturally, is shaken by the attack, especially over the fact a three-month old baby was killed in such brutal fashion. The baby murder was called “something new,” even for a country that has experienced such a high level of Islamist terror attacks over the past decade. Many are left stunned, both inside and outside of Israel, struggling to make sense as to how anyone could slaughter a helpless, three-month old babe so cold-bloodedly.
The answer to this frightening question is to be found in the progression of Islamic terrorism. Rather than an anomaly, killing children and babies is actually the natural next step in its dark development. In her book, Death Orders: The Vanguard of Modern Terrorism in Revolutionary Russia, Anna Geifman, a professor of history at Boston College, explains the background of this disturbing evolution, saying the basis for all modern terrorist movements, especially of the three best known ones -- Communist, Nazi and Islamic -- is thanatophilia, or worship of death.
Like Nasrallah, the Islamic terrorists themselves do not hide the fact they are death worshippers and have often been explicit in their statements that they love death like Westerners love life. Geifman quotes Ali Benhadjj, the Islamist leader of Algeria, concerning what this violent, anti-life philosophy of hatred looks like when its followers put it into practice.
“Faith is propagated by counting up deaths every day, by adding up massacres and charnel-houses,” Benhadjj vividly stated.
The Soviet newspaper Pravda was just as explicit about the end result of the Communist death cult when it stated in 1920: “Those who replace us will have to build on the silence of the graveyard.”
The slaughter of the Israeli family on Saturday was actually more an example of thanatophilia than a political act. The five dead innocents were simply the latest blood sacrifices to the Islamists’ God of Death. Geifman writes that similar to the Islamist thanatophiles were the Thugs in nineteenth-century India who murdered thousands of unsuspecting travellers as human sacrifices to their death goddess, Kali.
But it is in the killing and sacrificing of children and babies to their pagan god that these practitioners of hatred truly revel. Children are targeted by the death worshippers because they are the essence of life and God-like in their image and innocence. The life-giving center of every family and community, they thus make a more worthy death offering to the Islamist Kali. Geifman cites the terrorist takeover of the school in Beslan, Russia, in 2004, in which 186 children were murdered, as an example of this targeting of children for sacrificial purposes.
Moreover, love of children and their uniqueness is deeply imbedded in the Jewish and Christian tradition. So special are they that Jesus offers them his protection in the New Testament and severely warns those who would harm them. All of which is the opposite of everything the Islamists stand for, who, as detesters of Jesus’s message of love, strap bombs on their own children and send them out to blow themselves, and others, up.
Since children are the objects of so much love and the wellspring of present and future life, the Communist, Nazi and Islamist death cults eventually felt compelled to kill them if they were to establish their “silence of the graveyard.” Geifman said that in the Beslan massacre, in which the Islamist terrorists deliberately shot four-year olds in the back as they ran away from the inferno of their burning school, “the death-worshippers took their sacrificial destruction to a whole new level.” In his book, Chechen Jihad: Al-Qaeda’s Training Ground and the Next Wave of Terror, author Yossef Bodansky noted that one of the infants killed at Beslan was a baby who, like in the Israeli case, an Islamist terrorist savagely stabbed to death.
To satisfy their reverence for death, the Communists and Nazis also became noted baby killers. Margarete Buber-Neumann, a former inmate of the Nazi women’s concentration camp Ravensbruck, wrote in her book Milena: The Story of a Remarkable Friendship, that all newborns in the infirmary were immediately drowned after birth in a bucket of water by a Nazi nurse.
The communist Khmer Rouge were probably the most sadistic of the death cultists in their treatment of children, as they were in most other things. The 2009 trial of Duch, the former teacher who ran the feared Tuo Sleng prison where 14,000 people were murdered, revealed that children arriving at this death factory were not even properly processed or photographed, as all other prisoners were, before they were killed. Unlike the other inmates, the tragic deaths of these poor innocents, whose number is estimated at 2,000, went unrecorded. Babies were disposed of, the trial learned, by guards simply smashing their heads against trees.
Sadly, the recent baby murder in Israel will probably not remain “something new.” But it does serve as a warning as to where future Islamist terrorist attacks, both inside and outside of Israel, can be expected. In areas of Islamist terrorist activity, schools and maternity wards should be well protected, since in the Islamist death worshippers’ world view, there is definitely no room for new life.