Wednesday, July 14, 2004

A thoughtful question

My 'unread' blog list is getting quite long... but this caught my eye:

Rob at Say Anything asks the thoughful question:

Does a movement that uses children for soldiers deserve its own country?
Sky News - Children as young as 10 are being recruited to fight for the Palestinian cause.

Sky News has gained access to a young people’s camp in Gaza, where the only lesson taught is how to kill Israelis.

Sky’s Middle East Correspondent Emma Hurd said the camp, at an undisclosed location, had been set up to drill children in the ways of war.

The recruits, some of whom are dwarfed by their AK-47 assault rifles, are taught how to carry out ambushes.

They are also made to do an obstacle course, crawling under barbed wire and leaping through hoops of fire while their instructors fire live bullets overhead.

Hurd witnessed one training session in which a militant, dressed as a Jewish settler complete with yarmulke skull cap, was ambushed in his car.Gunmen pulled the “settler” from his vehicle and Hurd was told if this had been real he would have been killed.

So there you have it. Palestinian children being taught how to hate and murder all for the of the Palestinian movement. No wonder Israel is building a wall. How do you fight an enemy who uses its own children as soldiers?

God help us if these people ever get their own country.

God help us, indeed!

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