I consider Mexico’s drug cartel killers “narco-terrorists”—even though they don’t espouse a political or religious philosophy. The drug lords have mounted a sustained, determined and murderous campaign to terrorize civilians and subvert the rule of law. Over in Israel the line between crime and terrorism is less clear. To wit: IDF nabs terrorist butchers of Jewish family at israeltoday.co.il. “Reenacting the murder, the young suspects told security officials that they infiltrated Itamar at around 9 PM armed with knives. They proceeded to enter a home that was empty and stole an M-16 rifle that they found there . . .
The killers then broke into the Fogel home, found the bedrooms of 11-year-old Yoav Fogel and 4-year-old Elad Fogel and stabbed them to death. They then entered the parents’ bedroom, where they struggled with and overcome Udi and Ruth Fogel.
After exiting the house, Amjad told officials that he could not resist the urge to go back in and kill 3-month-old Hadas Fogel, who was left crying amidst her parents’ blood.
Amjad also said that had he known there were two other children sleeping in the house, he would have killed them, too.
It gets worse . . .
Following the attack, the youths returned to their nearby village and informed various family members of their villainous deed. An uncle helped hide the knives, burn the bloody clothes and get rid of the M-16 rifle they had stolen. Other family members helped cover up the murder in other ways.
Security officials believe the Awwad boys acted on their own volition, and were not following the orders of an established terrorist organization, though they were widely praised by such organizations.
Israel has been facing an increasing phenomenon of young Arabs engaging not only in stone throwing, but cold-blooded murder. Security officials and Israeli lawmakers have attributed the trend to poor parenting, to put it lightly, and have noted that Palestinian parents are more often than not ready to help their children cover up such crimes, rather than discipline them.
It is also important to note that Palestinian society views the killers of Israeli Jews, and especially Israeli “settlers,” as national heroes, increasing the motivation to engage in such violence.
The Obama administration was quick not to call Nidal Malik Hasan a terrorist. Why? Isn’t any spree killer who kills based on some established dogma is a terrorist? Even Jared Lee Loughner had some weird ass belief system underpinning his crime. What’s your definition of terrorist and does it matter to you?