Kindergarten

Posted: January 26, 2008 in "Religion of Peace", Source: Marylou's America

By Marylou Barry

All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten.

That, for those who are unfamiliar with it, is the title and thesis of Robert Fulghum’s simple but enduring essay, first published in a book of the same name in 1986. From there it has gone on to a well-deserved life of its own, on the Web sites and refrigerators of the world, and wherever kindness and truth and respect for others are honored as virtues.

I had to think of Fulghum’s simple wisdom again last week while poring over the incredible orgy of Islamic hatred captured by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook on their Web site, Palestinian Media Watch.

When Fulghum was in kindergarten, of course, the ‘Palestinian people’ had not yet been invented, but the free world was already fighting the same enemy, just with a different name.

“He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future,” Adolf Hitler said, and proved his point by nationalizing most independent youth organizations in Germany within a few months of taking office. Communist and Jewish youth groups were disbanded, and Protestant groups under the leadership of the dissolute German State Church quickly caved. Catholic groups, owing to the pope’s appeasement of Hitler, lasted another three years but eventually met the same end.

The supreme task of the schools, Hitler said, was the education of youth for the service of the State. In 1936, he outlawed religious schools and replaced Christian holidays with pagan ones. In 1938, he declared homeschooling illegal. In 1939, Hitler Youth membership became mandatory, and parents who objected were thrown into prison and their children placed in orphanages.

With the exclusion of Jewish educators – as well as non-Jewish ones who refused to toe the party line – the quality of German schools quickly plummeted. Hitler’s picture hung in every classroom. Biology and history courses were rewritten to suit his skewed, unscientific racial theories, and songs with anti-Semitic lyrics were sung. Propaganda was taught dogmatically and had to be recited back by rote, with no dissent or discussion allowed.

Fast-forward 70 years.

It’s graduation day 2007 at a HAMAS kindergarten, and the kids are videotaped showing what they have learned during the year. The girls spin around for a few seconds in white dresses and sing a little song. The boys, clad in fatigues and carrying rifles, march for the duration of the film. “Allahu Akbar!” they exclaim as they fall to the floor and crawl across the stage with their guns.

“Who is your role model?” an announcer asks.
“The Prophet,” they reply.

“What is your path?”
“Jihad!”

“What is your most lofty aspiration?”
“Death for the sake of Allah!”

Sure, ‘Palestinian’ children are taught in class to love death and hate the Jews, but the school year is over now, so they can go home and decompress in front of the TV until the next semester of brainwashing begins, right?

Wrong. The music video, a medium stolen from the ‘decadent’ West whose values it claims to abhor, rules on Islamic television. Pallywood-style productions, of which PMW has posted a variety, grab the viewer’s attention with good-looking performers and catchy tunes. You could be downright entertained by them if they didn’t make you feel so much like throwing up. They are, mercifully, short – not surprising, I suppose, given the age level at which they are aimed.

In one Hamas mini-musical, a 4-year-old girl’s mother leaves her to go out on a suicide mission from which she never returns. The daughter sings a sad song, then takes explosives out of the mother’s dresser drawer so she can follow in her footsteps. (Isn’t this where you always keep your explosives? Top drawer, right under the headscarves? I know I do.)

In another, a child who should be at a Cub Scout campout marches with a rifle against his shoulder. “These are the acts of the Martyrdom Seekers,” the lyrics drone, as the boy attempts to emulate an older child who has killed himself. Strange, the token adult in the film doesn’t seem to be eager to die; apparently he can’t take time out from his busy job of urging the little martyrs-to-be on.

By the time your Western mind figures it out, you feel really stupid: These infernal videos aren’t just about dehumanizing and killing the Jews and Christians, and they aren’t just about teaching the children to kill the Jews and Christians. They are about teaching the children to kill themselves.

After all, dead Palestinian children are the greatest message to the world, Yassir Arafat said, so why should anyone be surprised?

Somewhere in the world – although certainly not in the areas of Israel controlled by the ‘Palestinian Authority’ – Robert Fulghum’s profound and lovely words still cry out from refrigerator doors to anyone wanting to hear:

Share everything.
Play fair.

But the most dysfunctional culture on earth doesn’t believe in playing fair and definitely is not listening.

Don’t hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.

We’ll never have peace with them, Golda Meir said, until they learn to love their children more than they hate us.

Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.

If the ‘Palestinian’ versions of kindergarten and children’s television are any indication, the time she spoke of has not yet arrived.

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