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The Persian Journal reports that Iranians are lining up to enlist as suicide bombers, including scores of children.

Some 2,000 Iranians, one as young as seven, have signed up with a shadowy Islamist group to carry out suicide bombings in Iraq and Israel, a Tehran daily reported yesterday.

“So far 2,000 people have registered,” the group’s spokesman, Mohammad Samadi, told the reformist newspaper Shargh. “Twenty-five percent are under 18 years, 55 percent are between 18 and 40, and the rest are 40 to 80,” said Samadi, spokesman for the Committee for the Commemoration of Martyrs of the World Islamic Movement.

“The youngest is a seven-year old child who registered along with his family,” Samadi added. The group launched its recruitment drive late last month, taking names and telephone numbers of volunteers after the main weekly Muslim prayers on Fridays. The action was intended to “show our friends in Iraq and all other Muslims that we are ready to give our lives to defend our honor and Islam’s,” Samadi said at the time, pointing to U.S. military operations in the Iraqi holy cities of Najaf and Karbala, which are revered by Shiites in Iran as well as Iraq.

“Suicide operations are the best way to fight the oppressors and they have already shown their worth in Lebanon and during the war between Iran and Iraq,” he said, referring to the neighbors’ bloody 1980-88 conflict. However, there was no evidence the action was anything more than symbolic, and Samadi said the group would renounce suicide operations if asked to by Iranian so-called leader mullah Ali Khamenei.

Kind of puts Iran’s nuclear program into perspective, doesn’t it?

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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