Imagine how many would have taken this pledge if it weren’t against Islam! (Does anybody still believe this is against Islam?) From AP, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist and Pasowicz:
TEHRAN, Iran, (AP) – Some 200 masked young men and women gathered at a Tehran cemetery Thursday to pledge their willingness to carry out suicide bomb attacks against Americans in Iraq and Israelis.
The ceremony was organized by the Headquarters for Commemorating Martyrs of the Global Islamic Movement, a shadowy group that has since June been seeking volunteers for attacks in Iraq and Israel.
A spokesman, Ali Mohammadi, described Thursday’s group as the “first suicide commando unit,” though another official has claimed members already have carried out attacks in Israel.
“Sooner or later we will bury all blasphemous occupiers of Islamic lands,” Mohammadi said.
Sunday, Iran’s deputy interior minister for security affairs told reporters the movement had no official sanction and said such groups could operate only “as long as their ideas are limited to theory.” The group, though, has the backing of some prominent hard-line Iranian politicians.