Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Note to US Music Teachers: All Cultures Are Not Equal

I am forwarding this note to music teachers and choir directors promoting performances of Zikr, a chant praising Allah, that has been making the rounds of classrooms and even Christmas concerts throughout the U.S.

Newsflash: 6- to 11-year-old Muslim children are being used as bomb carriers, taught to be suicide bombers in Islamic seminaries.

For example, on February 15, the Afghan government released 41 such boys who had been captured as they embarked on a mountain trek into Pakistan to "be educated" as suicide bombers. The government returned the young ones to their families.

Returning the boys to their families, however, doesn't always work out as well as hoped.

Six months ago, 20 other Afghani child suicide-bombers-in-training were similarly released after having been pardoned by Hamid Karzai but, just a couple of weeks ago, 2 ten-year-olds from this group were rearrested as they planned a mass murder in Kandahar.

Islamic terrorists using children as bombs has been an ongoing problem for years. From The Guardian:
Children as young as six are being used by the Taliban in increasingly desperate suicide missions, coalition forces in Afghanistan claimed yesterday.

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), to which Britain contributes 5,000 troops in southern Afghanistan, revealed that soldiers defused an explosive vest which had been placed on a six-year-old who had been told to attack Afghan army forces in the east of the country.
The boy was spotted after appearing confused at a checkpoint. The vest was defused and no one was hurt.

"They placed explosives on a six-year-old boy and told him to walk up to the Afghan police or army and push the button," said Captain Michael Cormier, the company commander who intercepted the child, in a statement. "Fortunately, the boy did not understand and asked patrolling officers why he had this vest on."
The inquisitive innocence of that little boy turned out to be a lucky break. Unusually lucky. Terrorists have succeeded in killing hundreds of people using little kids as explosive devices.

Who knows how many people would have died if his impatient-to-kill Taliban handlers had waited a year or two before sending this little boy to a checkpoint to "push the button"?
As reported by Bare Naked Islam, "the going price for child bombers" in Pakistan was US $7,000 to $14,000, depending "on how quickly the bomber is needed and how close the child is expected to get to the target."

I do not argue that all innocent little children are not equally beautiful. But I do question: Do we really need American teachers telling their young charges that, despite all evidence to the contrary, all cultures are equal representations of American ideals?