I honestly cannot explain why Americans consistently embrace war and are now talking about expanding it.
— anti-war maven Leslie Cagan, now the national coordinator of a new group called United for Peace and Justice.
(Roderick Boyd, New York Sun)
If I were in Iraq and read that the youth of our nation doesn’t believe in what I’m doing, it would mess up my head.
— Pfc. Rob Jacobs
Last month, Private Jacobs, who is stationed in Korea, received a batch of letters from sixth grade school kids attending JHS 51 in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The letters were part of a school assignment organized by the kids’ teacher to show support for our troops. But as the New York Post reported, one girl wrote her misgivings that Jacobs is “being forced to kill innocent people.” Another wrote, “I strongly feel this war is pointless,” while a third future Leslie Cagan predicted that with Bush’s re-election, “only 50 or 100 [soldiers] will survive.” Perhaps watching too much Al Jazeera, a boy accused GIs of “destroying holy places like mosques.” New York’s Department of Education is looking into the matter.
Says Jacobs, “It boggles my mind that children could think this stuff.”
Dept. of Pointless Distinctions
Our aim is to make students aware of the danger of terrorism. The problem is that some youth cannot distinguish between Jihad and terrorism, though there is a sharp line between the two.
— Saudi education official Bahiya Al-Nagadi
Al-Nagadi is referring to the just-completed two-week educational effort mounted in the Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, intended to teach school kids the downside of supporting Islamofascists. Let’s hope they do a better job than JHS 51.
Posted by Steven Vincent