We were on our way to see a rocket workshop run by the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the armed wing of the Fatah movement.
. . . With sweat trickling down my back and as I looked around the van crammed with gunmen, it occurred to me I might be a little too "close" to the story.
. . . This group makes three kinds of rockets: The biggest is the so-called Aqsa 103 has a maximum range of 14 kilometers, or 8.5 miles, and carries 6 kilograms of TNT.
With one of his comrades, Ahmed showed us packets of iron shards they pack into rocket warheads for extra lethal effect.
One of these missiles recently slammed into a school classroom in the nearby Israeli town of Sderot, a frequent target of the militants. The students were in another room at prayer at the time and no one was injured. Their teacher, for good reason, called it a miracle.
Ahmed was proud — not ashamed — that his missile had hit the school. These are not men who agonize over the morality of violence.
. . . I was glad to have a good story, even gladder we were leaving it.
At first, when I saw this story, my thought was: what an opportunist, morally relativist piece journalism.
However, after reading through the article I think it offers a great profile (unintentionally) of these terrorist thugs. Although, I'm not sure everybody will choose to read between the lines.