May 10, 2016: Terrorists stab seniors in Israel

On May 10, 2016 two elderly women were moderately injured in a Jerusalem stabbing attack by two assailants who had covered their faces.

JERUSALEM – I get the ‘terror’ part of terrorism but where does a violent attack become an act of utter cowardice?

There are times when I have heard terrorists called ‘cowards‘. The feeling is that anyone who attacks a defenceless person must lack the balls to go up against someone who can defend him/herself. And there is something to that.

But take a suicide bomber. Whatever we feel about those who blow themselves, and others, up it is most assuredly NOT cowardly. How many are willing to die and kill for a cause? Not many I’d imagine, and anyone who does so has some impressive cojones.

Do YOU have what it takes to wear one of these? (Photo: By Israel Defense Forces, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons)

Yet, there are some terrorist attacks which we cannot but label as pusillanimous (look it up!).

On this day in 2016

Two elderly women were injured in a Jerusalem stabbing attack by two assailants who had covered their faces. The victims were in their 80s and suffered wounds to their backs and limbs.

“In the field near the promenade we saw two elderly women, about 80, lying in the dirt, conscious, with stab wounds.

Medic on the scene

The terrorists fled after their deed of herculean valour. Two dangerous octogenarians were put out of action by these brave men. The world is a better place because of this one heroic act.

NOT! Effing cowards, that is what they were.

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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