In an earlier post
, I talked about raising kids in a murder-suicide culture. I was examining the idea that there is a suicide-murder cultural pathology at work, indoctrinating children at an early age.
Taking pictures of babies and kids with guns may not be the most shocking thing in the world, but it doesn't end there.
I remember when this photo (to the right) made it into the mainstream press in the US, I think it was about 4 years ago. We were living in San Francisco back then. There were jokes about the new "baby boomers". Some Palestinians were claiming it was just a "joke", and that people were making way too big a deal out of it. The western liberals were all backing them up on this, saying it was just a joke, made out of the desperate despair of the Palestinian's situation; who were we to judge them for the "joke"? That would be racist; we obviously just didn't understand.
Well, what a load of BS. VERY disingenuous. At the same time this was being dismissed as a "joke" by the western media and liberals, many Palestinians were struggling to keep their kids alive
, intercepting would be bombers before they killed themselves. They had little help from western MSM or liberals, in trying to protect these kids from the murder-suicide pathology that was sucking them in.
I don't know whether to call it a psycological pathology or a cult, but there may not be much difference, as pathological thinking and cults often go together.
To blow one's self up goes against human nature, against the survival instinct. It's hard to imagine people going along with it and thinking it's normal. But try to imagine a culture where your own child, or you as a child, were raised like this.
The babies are probably too young to remember being photographed with guns. But they no doubt grew up seeing the pictures, and understood that their parents want them to be militant. That by itself isn't really shocking. But what comes next?
I think I would cry too, if my parents kept dressing me up as a martyr with a bomb-vest. Clearly, the message is that wearing explosives and blowing yourself up to kill yourself and other people is a "good" thing to do.
Notice the pictures of the Martyrs; the ever present role models; people to be admired and emulated for what they did. These photos are not just at street events, but are often at in schools plastered right above the classroom chalkboards. The idea of martyrdom is pervasive.
Imagine if this was your mother or grandmother. Imagine if she told you it was wonderful to strap explosives to yourself and blow yourself to smithereens.
You have to wonder how many of these kids are doing this to please their families, but are inside thinking: "oh, sh*t..."
Here a Muslim mother lovingly helps her kid with it's... costume? I know a mother's love can be stiffling, but is it actually supposed to get you killed? How would you feel if YOUR parents dressed you up like this? I know that the kid could actually be thrilled; after all, EVERYBODY is doing it, and he/she will "fit in". But by making this acceptable, and even normal and admirable, what path is this kid being sent down on through life?
There are many kinds of bonds in life that tie people together. I doubt that suicide -murder needs to be one of them. If Hamas wishes to persue that course, then no one from the west ought to be funding them, and neither should anyone who claims to be a friend of the west.
Related links:Forces on alert as 20 child bombers thwarted
From 2002. Palestinian
Forces intercept child suicide bombers.Hamas-Fatah tensions flare despite pledge
Not all the Palestinians are supporting Hamas.The Ultimate Guide To Terror (A Respected Muslim Finally Says What Needs To Be Said)...What is behind the suicide murders? Money, power and cold-blooded murderous incitement, nothing else. It has nothing to do with true fanatic religious beliefs. No Moslem preacher has ever blown himself up. No son of an Arab politician or religious leader has ever blown himself. No relative of anyone influential has done it. Wouldn't you expect some of the religious leaders to do it themselves, or to talk their sons into doing it, if this is truly a supreme act of religious fervor? Aren't they interested in the benefits of going to Heaven? Instead, they send outcast women, naive children, retarded people and young incited hotheads. They promise them the delights, mostly sexual, of the next world, and pay their families handsomely after the supreme act is performed and enough innocent people are dead...