The Ghost of Snapped Shot

Or, welcome to my low-maintenance heck.

Meme of the Day

You should see the weeping and gnashing of teeth that Reuters has in store for us today—Toy guns have always been "scary" to liberals here in the United States, but generally, there's no outcry or other protest when politically-protected Muslim children proffer their guns on the streets:

REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman (WEST BANK)
AROOB REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank, Oct 18 (Reuters) - The scrawny Palestinian boy cocks his automatic rifle and smiles as he holds it to another child's head.

"Today we're playing Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters," says 12-year-old Hassan Mahdi, who deftly handles an M-16 that is almost as tall as he is.

"I'm the soldier."

The gun is plastic. But it looks frighteningly convincing in this West Bank refugee camp near the town of Hebron, where armed Palestinian militants roam and Israeli armoured cars frequently rumble through the rubbish-strewn streets.

Every year during the Muslim festival of Eid el-Fitr -- which ended earlier this week -- Palestinian parents buy plastic automatic rifles for their sons. In the weeks that follow, Israeli soldiers vs Palestinian fighters dominates playtime.

Almost every boy seems to carry a fake weapon and children reenact the shootings and arrests they witness on the streets.

It was easy to see where children get their role models this week when hundreds of Palestinians marched through Nablus firing into the air and shouting "revenge", after an Israeli raid in the West Bank city.

"Children are exposed to people carrying weapons on a regular basis. It's a daily event, just as they see someone carrying a briefcase to work," said Cairo Arafat, head of planning for children's rights in the Palestinian Authority.

Of course, Reuters happily glosses over the fact that this is not just a phenomenon in the "Palestinian" territories. If this type of violent behaviour were due to the Israeli "occupation," then why are children in Muslim-controlled, nay, Muslim-dominated Indonesia behaving in the same manner?

Palestinian child protection groups say children in the occupied territories -- who account for more than half of the population in Gaza and the West Bank -- are growing up scarred by the death and bloodshed they witness from an early age.

But even more worrying are the occasions when Israeli troops mistake children carrying toy guns for militants, and shoot them.

Yes, but how about the times when the "Palestinians" send their children to kill? That's obviously not a problem with these vaunted "child protection groups," now is it?

Meanwhile, Skafi's mother says she tries to stop other children from playing with plastic guns, for fear they may also be shot by Israeli troops.

They usually ignore her.

"All their lives, they see guns, tanks and dead bodies," she said. "This is their reality." (Additional reporting by Labib Nasir in Ramallah)

I would venture to say that there could be some other reasons behind children adopting these brutal ideals:—and as a little hint, Israel has nothing to do with it:

Religion. Of. Peace.

When you raise your children to know nothing but hatred, that is all they will ever know.



#1 Clayton 19-Oct-2007
lol @ that article linked at the top of the entry.

"It later said the troops mistook the toy gun for a real one.

'They said he was holding a toy gun, which doesn't seem like a valid excuse,' said his father Abu Abed al-Skafi."

Fucking stupid palestinian.
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