following is a piece by Scott Miller of Atlanta.
TO THE EDITOR in Wall St. Journal
buy Palestinian children for $30,000 each.
Thursday, June 27, 2002 12:01 a.m. EDT (I read your editorial
about how the home video of Palestinian mother Naima
al-Obeid and her 19-year-old son, Mahmoud,
was made public, celebrating his decision to carry out a homicide mission, in
which he was successful in being killed, while killing two Israelis. I submit
the following letter, hoping to reach Naima al-Obeid.)
To Naima al-Obeid:
I want to buy your children. As I understand it, you have seven children
still alive (your son Mahmoud killed himself, I'm
sorry to hear). I'll offer more than Saddam Hussein has offered; he'll pay
$25,000 each, if they are willing to turn themselves into human bombs, but I'll
pay $30,000 each. I want to buy them away from the god of death you worship.
Perhaps I can help them convert to traditional Islam, a religion that abhors
murder and suicide. Maybe they'll wish to become Christian or Jewish or Buddhist
or atheist. That will be their choice, if I can raise them as Americans.
If you sell your children to Hussein, instead of me, they are guaranteed to die
young, to die blown to bits, to die while perhaps killing innocent women and
children. I can't guarantee them immortality (neither can that god of death you
worship, I can assure you), but I can guarantee to try to keep them safe and
allow them to live long, healthy and productive lives. That's our dream in
I will pay top dollar for your children. I will top the offer of Hussein, of the
Saudis, of Hamas, or the Palestinian Authority put
together. For a long time my wife and I have wondered what we might do to help
in the war on terror. In buying your children, I see an opportunity for us to
save countless innocent lives, among them your seven children. Contact me. I'll
Mr. Miller lives in Atlanta.
by A. Bar-Hai 27.July.02)