Sterling Ambivalence (sterlingnorth) wrote,
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More Suicide Bomber Babies

Two months ago, I noted that it was rather disturbing to dress up little children in fake explosive belts and other such paraphernalia identified with suicide bombers, people who attack innocents to make a political statement. So, of course, when I see this article in Ha'aretz, with a picture of a (he looks to be about two years old) baby dressed as Rambo, and read the following quote:
"I can find you many, many photos like this," she told DPA. "Many kids imitate adults and wear toy masks and guns, especially during marches. It's not strange at all.
She added that she had seen children as young as the one in the photograph wearing similar costumes.
"In our society it happens a lot. It's a kind of phenomenon," she said.
I shook my head in disbelief. Do I need to note that one and two year olds can't dress themselves this elaborately? Maybe I'm focusing too much on this little symptom and not the medium sized picture, the culture of death that has enveloped Palestine -- or the larger picture, that Israel and the Arab world have locked themselves into this high-noon showdown, with neither side willing or able to backdown. I guess I just don't like seeing children used and abused this way.
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