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Pakistani Children Play “Suicide Bomber”; Taliban Approves

posted at 1:14 pm on March 25, 2011 by

Ah, childhood—that period of make-believe when children delight in dressing up in their parents’ clothes, playing hide-and-seek, and pretending to be suicide bombers carrying out acts of jihad.

OK, the last of these innocent caprices won’t sound all that familiar to anyone who grew up in the West, but to Pakistani children this form of play is as common as hopscotch is here. A video of several young’uns pretending to martyr themselves in order to kill infidels follows.

Of course this child’s play is only practice for the real act of self-sacrificial homicide, which for some of the participants in this video will come all too soon. The Taliban, Pakistan’s leading terrorist organization, has a long and impressive track record of exploiting children and people with disabilities to carry out their dirty work, as well as threatening or killing the families of those who refuse to capitulate.

Although the Taliban denies any role in the making of this charming instructional video, Ihsanullah Ihsan, a spokesmen for the group, is quoted by blogger JammieWearingFool as having said:

We did not ask these children to copy us in their games but it is clear that they are impressed with our cause and now want to imitate our brave fighters.

Hey, who wouldn’t be impressed with the Taliban? Why, our own president was so moved by the group’s obviously peaceful and beneficent intentions in Afghanistan that he signed off on negotiations with them in 2009, offering to cede six provinces to them in exchange for their acceptance of NATO troops on the ground. Naturally, the Taliban told Obama to get lost, but nothing new to report there either. The president is himself accumulating an impressive résumé. He now holds the record among American presidents for being kicked in the butt by world leaders after  bowing in obeisance before them.

But back to the video. The music in the background is a Taliban jihadi song. The lyrics, which are in Pashto, translate as: “Throats are cut, bombs go off, and then you can go to a nice place.”

Charming, no?

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