My most recent nominee for worst person ever: Samira Jassim (Jassem).
I'm not sure that she'll win, but hopefully it's enough of a dishonor just to be nominated. "Who is she?" you might ask. "And what has she done?"
Glad you asked, but you won't be glad about the answers.
Article from: Agence France-Presse
A WOMAN suspected of recruiting more than 80 female suicide bombers has confessed to organising their rapes so she could later convince them that martyrdom was the only way to escape the shame.
That's right, she organized the rape of 80 women. Beyond that, she didn't just convince them to kill themselves because they were raped. She convinced them to become suicide bombers to escape the "shame" that she had brought upon them.
As stated in this BBC article, of these 80 raped women, 28 had gone forward and launched their attacks.
There are so many terrible things about this woman I don't even know what to say.
Edit: I was just going to let blog entry speak for itself, but on some of the social bookmarking sites there has been some discussion, so I thought I'd just add one extra piece.
I'm not going to make the argument that this woman was motivated by Islam -- the only point I'd make is that the doctrine of martyrdom made her job easier. Some say that religion can give people comfort in times of grief. That is probably true, but anything that has the ability to comfort can be turned around to bring added stress to a time of grief. I would say that the raped women in this story were the victims rape and an unhelpful ideology for coping with this kind of trauma.
There is a framework that is being exploited when you can convince a person that the best way to recover from the "shame" of being a victim is by going into a marketplace and killing yourself and as many other people as you can.