Brooke Goldstein, whose courageous foray into the West Bank to document the brainwashing of children I wrote about for The New York Sun http://www.nysun.com/article/55653?page_no=1 just appeared on CNN’s “The Situation Room.” She is a great fighter for children’s rights, and she did a wonderful job. After the segment, followed by a clip showing the “murder” of Farfur Mouse (Hamas TV’s Mickey Mouse lookalike, who was recently depicted being beaten to death by an actor impersonating an Israeli soldier) Wolf Blitzer asked Lou Dobbs to comment on the recruitment of children for terror.
Dobbs’ reaction was all but incoherent. He seemed to be taken off-guard by the incontrovertible evidence of the child abuse (brainwashing and recruitment of children to become suicide bombers) that Goldstein has documented. One can only guess that, like many in the mainstream media, he is squeamish about criticizing Arab leadership, even the most radical elements.
Instead of at least acknowledging that this kind of brainwashing of children - ubiquitous in the Palestinian territories and pervasive in other parts of the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan - is, at the very least, disturbing, he downplayed the problem.
The dialogue, which took place after several clips of Goldstein’s excellent film “The Making of a Martyr” aired, went something like this:
Wolf Blitzer: Lou, what do you think, how is anyone supposed to deal with a situation like this, where children are being shown Mickey Mouse characters and images of violence [a reference to the Mickey Mouse character on Hamas TV who was just “killed off” by an Israeli character] for purposes of brainwashing?
Lou Dobbs: You know, in that region, there’s been 60 years of bloodshed…whether cartoons or child suicide bombers, these are tangential issues…I find it hard to believe that with 60 years of the best minds in the world at work on this issue, it could resist any improvement, unless there’s some sort of larger agenda…but that’s a discussion for another time, perhaps.
Whatever “larger agenda” Dobbs is referring to, I find it doubtful that anyone who would describe as “tangential” the brainwashing and use of children as tools of war would have the intellectual honesty or the moral integrity to see the situation clearly.
The only thing I wish had been more clearly emphasized in the segment that so flummoxed Dobbs was that Brooke Goldstein actually risked her 24-year-old life to gather, firsthand, evidence of the abuse against children that Lou Dobbs dismisses so summarily as “tangential.”
It’s rich how Dobbs laments that the “best minds in the world at work on this” have not produced peace. Earth to Dobbs: maybe all the meddling on the part of these so-called “best minds” is part of what ensures this problem remains so intractable. Instead of being free to deal with its own enemies in its own way—like any sovereign nation—for the past 60 years Israel has been demonized in international media and the UN, and repeatedly pressured to make concessions to–and pull back from soundly defeating–murderous enemies.
These “best minds” could take a page from the book of our current President, who disregarded worldwide liberal wailing and supported Israel’s right to build a security fence that has saved more lives than any superficial “peace process” failing to address the real issues. One of those real issues (and it is not “tangential,” especially to the tens of thousands of people who have lost relatives and/or limbs to it) is the systematic brainwashing of children to ultimately become suicidal murderers.
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