Giulio MeottiThe writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book "A New Shoah", that researched the personal stories of Israel's terror victims, published by Encounter and of "J'Accuse: the Vatican Against Israel" published by Mantua Books.. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary.
The fate of the Saudi doctor Moshari al Anzi is written in the blood of his victims. The doctor blew himself up against a patrol of soldiers in Aleppo. He was a respected cardiac surgeon.
The fate of Selma and Zahra Halane, the two medical students with a British passport who also went to Syria to make jihad, is not known.
You can see a doctor from Cardiff, Nasser Muthana, in a famous video of the Islamic State in Iraq, meant to recruit young Europeans: "There is no life without jihad," he says in perfect English.
What motivates these physicians to embrace the cause of terrorism?
Historian Michael Burleigh gave this answer: "The doctors have the power of life and death. The medical discipline involves exposure to human suffering, and this can turn into indifference to the bloodshed. It can push you to believe that a violent purge can cleanse the society, like the stroke of a surgeon".
One of the most fanatic French revolutionaries was a doctor, Jean Paul Marat, and a doctor was the inventor of the guillottine, Joseph Ignace Guillotin.
It is a doctor, a psychiatrist, who is one of the masterminds of ethnic massacres in the former Yugoslavia, Radovan Karadzic. It is an eye doctor, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the "shy doctor", who gassed hundreds of his fellow citizens in a civil and religious war.
The list includes Ernesto "Che" Guevara, the doctor who did not hesitate to execute class enemies in the name of revolution.
A doctor, a cardiologist, Yasuo Hayashi, released the sarin gas in the Tokyo metro in 1995.
But it is the jihad which now attracts most of the doctors. You can understand Israel's wars and its enemies by deciphering this phenomenon.
It seems inconceivable that those who have placed "the return to Tel Aviv", through the massacre of Jews, at the head of their desires and want to aid the international jihad against the Americans and Westerners - are also medical doctors.
Take Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist who lives in the United States, where she was sentenced to ninety years in prison for trying to kill US agents in Afghanistan. Or the psychiatrist Nidal Hassan, who massacred his own fellow soldiers in Fort Hood.
In 2007, England was shocked to learn of a terrorist plot hatched by four doctors and two students of medicine. Many were doctors of the National Health Service. Dr. Bilal Talal Abdulla was living in Aylesbury, a charming little town of Buckinghanshire. He wanted to sow death at Glasgow airport. They call it "the cell of doctors" because virtually all eight of those arrested worked in the medical field.
Bilal Talal Abdulla was a diabetes specialist at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley. Dr. Mohammed Asha was a brilliant surgeon, specializing in neurology at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford. With him was his wife Marwah Dana Asha, a Palestinian with a diploma as a laboratory researcher.
A doctor perpetrated the worst suicide attack against the CIA. Abu-Mulal Al Balawi carried out a slaughter in the base in Khost, Afghanistan. He was a physician for the poor in a UN refugee camp in Jordan.
The mastermind of Palestinian Arab terrorism, George Habash, was a doctor. The head of the Palestinian Popular Front was never troubled by the thought of the innocent victims of terrorism, the seven Jews burned in the synagogue in Hamburg, forty-seven passengers (including children) who died in the Swiss plane which exploded in flight and crashed into the forest Doettingen, civilians torn apart by dynamite in the offices of El Al in Europe.
"The end always justifies the means," said Dr. Habash. "To kill a Jew away from the battlefield has more effect than killing a hundred Jews in battle."
Yet, before killing people, this man took care of them. And with how much dedication. He was a doctor. Habash owned a clinic in Amman, where he worked eighteen hours a day with a group of nuns, the Sisters of Nazareth, mainly children (Habash had specialized in pediatrics), but also old, poor. He bought the medicines to patients. The clinic was also his home.
One day Habasha disappearead: he wanted to kill Jews.
Dr. Wadi Haddad, one of the leaders of Palestinian terrorism in the seventies, was the friend of "Carlos the Jackal".
Today at the top of al Qaeda after the killing of Osama bin Laden, there's a doctor, Ayman al-Zawahiri, who took care of the families of Cairo's old monarchy of Farouk and then, after the Nasser putsch, the most important families of the new military Republican power.
On March 11, 2004 at eight in the morning rush hour, a series of explosions took place in the crowded stations of Madrid. 191 dead. Among the "masterminds" of the most tragic attack on European soil there is a doctor, the psychiatrist Abu Hafiza.
Even more emblematic, perhaps, is the case of a plastic surgeon who specialized in burns, and who justified the use of bombs against hundreds of innocent civilians. It is Sayyid Imam al-Sharif, the founder of the Egyptian Jihad, known by the nickname of "Dr. Fadl". Among the early founders of al-Qaeda along with his old partner of the faculty of medicine at the University of Cairo Dr. Zawahiri, al-Fadl worked as a physician at Qasr al Ayni Medical College, while attending to the assaults of his terrorist group.
In Peshawar, Pakistan, mecca of Islamist fighters, Dr. Fadl ran a Red Cross hospital. Under the influence of another doctor, the Algerian surgeon Ahmed el Wed, known for his bloodthirsty temperament, the hospital became a place of incubation for the apocalyptic jihad.
And in Algeria, Dr. Ahmed el Wed founded the notorious Armed Islamic Group, which massacred tens of thousands of innocents in their beds, burning them alive, cutting their throats.
The co-founder and former leader of Hamas, Abdel Aziz al-Rantisi, was a well-known pediatrician, before being eliminated by an Israeli jet. He promised: "We will not leave a single Jew in Palestine." He also theorized the legality of the killing of Jewish children.
To those who warned of the possibility of being killed, Dr. Rantisi said: "It is death, by assassination or cancer, it does not change anything. If it has to be an Apache or a cardiac arrest, I prefer an Apache".
Rantisi spent his time at his pediatric ward and classrooms at the Faculty of Medicine and at the terror meetings in which he decided on massacres of Israeli citizens.
Surgery is the specialization of Rantisi's successor at the head of Hamas, Dr. Mahmoud al Zahar, who is still among the political leaders of the organization. His clinic in the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza was large and spacious. There was always room for everyone, patients waiting and Islamic militants in prayer. Implicated in numerous attacks, Dr. Zahar said: "I dream of hanging on the wall of my house a huge map of the world in which Israel does not appear."
These are the same doctors who ordered the terrorist attacks in Israel, where dozens of children, women and elderly people were torn to pieces on the Egged bus company; who destroyed cafes and pizzerias that were transformed into slaughterhouses, who blew up the food markets.
Dr. Rantisi ordered adding pieces of metal to the bombs of suicide bombers, so that the explosion would be even more deadly.
A doctor was founder of the Islamic Jihad, Fathi Shiqaqi, a Palestinian Arab who fell in love with the revolution of Ayatollah Khomeini and chose Gaza as a base to launch a terrorist campaign against Israel in the '80s, when Hamas was still not born.
According to the Israeli scholar Meir Hatina, Doctor Shiqaqi "sees the Jihad as the vanguard of the new Islamic crusade. The Jihad has always been the bad boy of Palestinian politics whose main goal is the liberation of all of Palestine. Hamas has chosen a combination of violence and Islamic education. The Islamic Jihad is seen as the central point in the confrontation between the West and Islam".
When Shiqaqi was killed, the Independent dedicated a crocodile to him, emblematicly titled: "The doctor who laughed at death." He studied medicine at the University of Mansoura, Egypt. Then he even worked in a hospital in Jerusalem, the Augusta Victoria.
And what of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt? Almost all of its leadership is composed of medical graduates: Mohammed Badie, the Supreme Guide, is a renowned pathologist; his successor, Mahmoud Ezzat, a doctor, as Essam el Arian; Microbiologists are Essam al Haddad and Saad al Katatni; pharmacist Farid Ismail; general practitioner Mohammed Beltagy; cardiologist Akram al Shaer; and the list is very long.
After the Second World War and the Holocaust, the American psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton interviewed numerous former Nazi doctors. Stunned, as a doctor, at how those unprecedented crimes were committed by doctors, Lifton was determined to answer some fundamental questions.
How could renowned physicians participate on such a large scale to the killing of innocent and defenseless human beings? For those physicians, the murder was seen as a form of "healing." When Lifton asked the SS doctor, Fritz Klein, how he could have been party to such a grotesque realm of death, Klein replied, without hesitation, "Yes, I'm a doctor, and I want to preserve life. And as I respect human life, I should remove a gangrenous appendix from a diseased body. The Jew is the gangrenous appendix in the body of humanity. "
This is the dark secret of an ideology which infects the world: from Nazi physicians to Hamas' doctors, the people of Israel is diagnosed as a cancer and the killing of innocent Jews is a form of therapeutic surgery.
When two of his suicide bombers killed 20 Jews in Beit Lid, Dr. Shiqaqi laughed. Today, Dr. Zahar is laughing to see that his Hamas has killed 50 Jews.