Sunday, November 13

IRAQI SUICIDE BOMBER -- SAJIDA MUBARAK ATROUS AL-RISHAWI -- APPREHENDED

The wife of one of the Iraqi suicide bombers who struck hotels in Amman, Jordan, has been apprehended, according to this report by the Associated Press (AP).

Jordan said Sunday it had arrested the wife of an Amman suicide bomber, caught after she failed to detonate her explosives belt during a wedding reception in one of the hotels targeted in the attacks that killed 57 people.

The woman failed to blow herself up at the Radisson SAS hotel after apparently struggling with the cord on her explosives belt, Deputy Prime Minister Marwan Muasher said. Her husband saw her fumbling and "pushed her out of the ballroom," he said. "Once she was out, he blew himself up."

The report continues (excerpts follow):

Muasher identified the woman as Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi, 35, and her husband as Ali Hussein Ali al-Shamari, from Iraq's volatile Anbar province in Iraq. The woman is the sister of Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi, al-Zarqawi's right-hand man in Anbar who was killed by U.S. forces in Fallujah, he said.

Al-Shamari and his wife, both dressed for a party, entered the ballroom where hundreds of guests were celebrating a wedding. They were wearing explosives belts under their clothes to "inflict the largest number of casualties," Muasher said.

According to the report, the suicide bombers, including the woman captured, were using a powerful explosive -- RDX -- and ball bearings for shrapnel in order to inflict the greatest loss of life on innocent civilians.

Now then, and lest the delicate sensibilities of Andrew Sullivan be ruffled, we must pray that this woman is not "waterboarded" or subjected to any other interrogation techniques that might elicit from her important information on al-Qaeda and its plans for additional suicide bombings. Better that civilian non-combatants at wedding receptions be blown to smithereens than that the CIA or U.S. military resort to any form of interrogation technique other than booking her into a posh lakeside resort suite, giving her three squares a day via the room service menu, and asking her kindly that she tell all, while assuring her that if she does she'll get an 8 1/2 x 11 inch autographed glossy of Martha Stewart.

Frankly, I hope this woman, who had she been able to pull that chord on her explosives-packed belt-bomb would have killed and maimed even more innocent men, women, and children in a large wedding party, is carried off to one of the CIA's covert prisons. I could care less that Dana Priest and the editorial board of the Washington Post (and the New York Times and Andrew Sullivan and John McCain) would be wringing their hands for fear that this abomination of a human being might experience sleep deprivation, exposure to heat and cold, the threat of drowning, or having to stare a rabid pit bull in the face (or wear a pair of Saddam Hussein's soiled boxer shorts over her head).

I keep thinking of that horrifying video footage of all the people jumping to their deaths from the World Trade Center towers. I keep imagining a hotel ballroom full of wedding guests and the human carnage that ensued -- torn flesh, dismembered limbs, and limp bodies riddled with hot shrapnel. I still have the gruesome images of beheadings seared in my consciousness.

The world must deal with these fanatics, these brutal terrorists, these rank animals. There must be boundaries, to be sure. But the parameters must not be so tightly drawn that the civilized world can never hope to gather the information needed to protect us from that other world out there which is not.


FOLLOW-UP: Outside The Beltway reports that this woman has made a televised confession.

FOLLOW-UP II: More from Power Line.

FOLLOW-UP III: Good analysis from Austin Bay Blog.

FOLLOW-UP IV (11/14/05): Here's some interesting information on how Americans feel about interrogation techniques and the need to gain vital intelligence on terrorist activity and threats! Seems the Democrats and RINO John McCain don't quite have their fingers on the pulse of the nation. VP Dick Cheney appears to!