Wednesday, July 04, 2007

How to Make Children Terrorists.

In the wake of the failed terrorist attacks in London and Glasgow, t(ahere has been much speculation (again) as to how people become terrorist.
There is a lot of blame to put on the West for sure, but there is even more blame to put on extremist ideologues who indoctrinate youths.
Here's a good example of indoctrination of children by Hamas television with their weekly children's show featuring "Farfour,"a Mickey Mouse look-alike preaching Islamic domination of the world and armed struggle to youngsters.
Thankfully, the program was only on the air for just over 2 months. There was so much uproar all over the world that Hamas finally decided to take it off the air.
This is a bit surprising in the context of the war with Fatah which actually opposed the program.

After the liberation of Alan Johnston; this may be a sign that Hamas is showing some good-will to the West.
Maybe so... but as far as "Farfour" is concerned, he did not go off the air quietly : he actually died as a martyr. Some dramatic way to go off the air!
In the final skit, Farfour was beaten to death by an actor posing as an Israeli official trying to buy Farfour's land. At one point, Farfour called the Israeli a "terrorist."
"Farfour was martyred while defending his land," said Sara, the teen presenter. He was killed "by the killers of children," she added. (The Jerusalme Post)
Who knows what program will replace "Farfour"? I don't know how many kids have actually watched "Farfour" but there's great potential for a whole new generation of terrorists out there.
Some day, some Palestinians may need de-hamasification just some Germans needed de-nazification. And who knows? Maybe Hamas will some day go mainstream the way the PLO went mainstream.... but they'll of painful healing to do.


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