“We affirm, always to our suicide bombers, to be cautious, and to abort any operation if they believe it will hit others but the targeted.” But in this case, the death-loving chap was careless — and of course, by the very nature of things, he can’t be now be fired or even issued a reprimand.
But to be consistent, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades shouldn’t be issuing an apology. It should issue a statement saying, “You shouldn’t be angry about this. You should be thanking us.” Why? Because they are supposed to love death. The Qur’an says that those who are favored of Allah should long for death: “Say (O Muhammad): O ye who are Jews! If ye claim that ye are favoured of Allah apart from (all) mankind, then long for death if ye are truthful.” — Qur’an 62:6
Accordingly, Islamic supremacists frequently affirm how much they love death. A Muslim child preacher recently taunted those he has been taught to hate most: “Oh Zionists, we love death for the sake of Allah, just as much as you love life for the sake of Satan.” Jihad mass murderer Mohamed Merah said that he “loved death more than they loved life.” Nigerian jihadist Abubakar Shekau said: “I’m even longing for death, you vagabond.”
Ayman al-Zawahiri’s wife advised Muslim women: “I advise you to raise your children in the cult of jihad and martyrdom and to instil in them a love for religion and death.” And as one jihadist put it, “We love death. You love your life!” And another: “The Americans love Pepsi-Cola, we love death.” That was from Afghan jihadist Maulana Inyadullah.
So why the apology in this case?
“Al-Qaeda-linked group issue rare apology for suicide bombing,” from the Associated Press, March 8 (thanks to Twostellas):
A militant group has issued a rare apology for a twin suicide bombing in Beirut that killed eight people and wounded dozens, including children from a nearby orphanage.
The al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades issued a statement on militant websites apologizing for civilian deaths.
It said a “technical fault” affected the second of two Feb. 19 suicide bombings targeting an Iranian cultural center in Beirut, but didn’t specify what it was. The group insisted its suicide bombers were trained to not target civilians.
“We affirm, always to our suicide bombers, to be cautious, and to abort any operation if they believe it will hit others but the targeted,” it said.
More than a dozen bombings have targeted Shiite-dominated areas of Lebanon in recent months.
Many have been claimed by the hard-line Sunni Nusra Front in Lebanon. They have said they are seeking revenge against Lebanon’s Iran-backed Shiite Hezbollah group for supporting President Bashar Assad. The bulk of the casualties are usually civilians. The claims of responsibility usually name Shiite neighborhoods that are traditionally supportive of Hezbollah as the targets, as opposed to the group’s fighters or offices.
Lebanon is deeply split over Syria’s civil war, which has become increasingly sectarian. Assad comes from a Shiite offshoot sect and the rebels fighting him are dominated by Sunnis.
The Brigades said their target was Hezbollah and Iranian interests in Lebanon. Unusually, it said explicitly it was not attacking Shiites in general.
“The two bombs were meant to be in a place where the shrapnel of the explosion would not reach the main road,” the statement said. “The Azzam (bombing) operations do not target Shiites in general, nor other sects.”
The Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for two of those attacks: a twin suicide bombing attack outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut on Nov. 19 that killed at least 23 people – mostly civilians. The other was the Feb. 19 attack.
The apology was a rare instance of contrition by an al-Qaida group. While militant Sunni groups across the Mideast differ in how extreme they are, most celebrate high death tolls.
Some use language implying the civilian dead are enemy fighters or agents, others use language implying they are heretics, and some justify civilian deaths by saying the innocent are “human shields” whom God will nonetheless reward in Paradise.