Aid workers, even if they are women, are not immune.
Said the great philosopher Averroes: “Most scholars agree that fortresses may be assailed with mangonels, no matter whether there are women and children within them or not. This is based on the fact that the Prophet used mangonels against the population of al-Ta’if.”
And according to the renowned Sufi Al-Ghazali: “One must go on jihad at least once a year…one may use a catapult against them [non-Muslims] when they are in a fortress, even if among them are women and children. One may set fire to them and/or drown them…”
And Ibn Taymiyya, Osama’s favorite classical Muslim theologian: “As for those who cannot offer resistance or cannot fight, such as women, children, monks, old people, the blind, handicapped and their likes, they shall not be killed unless they actually fight with words [eg. by propaganda] and acts [by spying or otherwise assisting in the warfare]. Some jurists are of the opinion that all of them may be killed, on the mere ground that they are unbelievers, but they make an exception for women and children since they constitute property for Muslims.”
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Two Italian women working for an aid agency in Iraq have been kidnapped, the agency said Tuesday. Gunmen in olive green uniforms broke into the group’s Baghdad offices in Baghdad and took the women along with two Iraqis, neighbors said.
The attack was only the second known kidnapping of foreign women since the wave of kidnappings began earlier this year. The first involved a Japanese aid worker captured in Fallujah April along with two other Japanese, who were all released a week later.
The Rome headqarters of the agency, “A Bridge To …,” identified the two Italian women as Simona Torretta, the head of the Baghdad office, and Simona Pari, both 29. The two Iraqis were identified as Raad Ali Aziz and Mahnaz Bassam.