At War?

Have you heard the saying – “America isn’t at war – America’s military is at war. America is at Walmart”? The implication is that we need to appropriate the World War 2 model of total war and mobilize the whole society to fight.

Here’s a picture from a society engaged in something much closer to total war:

 GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – A Mickey Mouse lookalike who preached Islamic domination on a Hamas- affiliated children’s television program was beaten to death in the show’s final episode Friday. In the final skit, “Farfour” was killed by an actor posing as an Israeli official trying to buy Farfour’s land. At one point, the mouse called the Israeli a “terrorist.”

“Farfour was martyred while defending his land,” said Sara, the teen presenter. He was killed “by the killers of children,” she added.

The weekly show, featuring a giant black-and-white rodent with a high- pitched voice, had attracted worldwide attention because the character urged Palestinian children to fight Israel. It was broadcast on Hamas- affiliated Al Aqsa TV.

Station officials said Friday that Farfour was taken off the air to make room for new programs. Station manager Mohammed Bilal said he did not know what would be shown instead.

Israeli officials have denounced the program, “Tomorrow’s Pioneers,” as incendiary and outrageous. The program was also opposed by the state-run Palestinian Broadcasting Corp., which is controlled by Fatah, Hamas’ rival.

The war is so important that even little children must be mobilized. They must learn to see the enemy as totally evil, and to be opposed with all one’s might and resources.

I don’t want that. Total war, while it might be a step in the direction of effectiveness, is also a step in the direction of greater evil.

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One Response to At War?

  1. Mitch says:

    Have you heard the saying – “America isn’t at war – America’s military is at war. America is at Walmart”? The implication is that we need to appropriate the World War 2 model of total war and mobilize the whole society to fight.

    Yes, I’ve heard the saying, but that’s not the implication I draw from it, at least when it’s said in military circles. I wrote about it last February here, Is America at War?.

    Oh, and utmost-incapacity to Hamas.

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