Terrorism Is an Acquired Taste

(Ynet News) Yigal Walt - For years, commentators and academicians have sought to explain the origins of global terrorism. According to one school of thought, terrorism is the weapon of the poor. But as noted by Dan Schueftan in his book Disengagement: Israel and the Palestinian Entity, the various "Intifadas" and Arab uprisings against Israel tend to take place in periods of economic prosperity. The simple and sad truth is that terrorism is an "acquired taste" and affinity for terror is a value that one must nurture and impart. Some prefer to encourage their sons and daughters to choose the path of murder and terror. Indeed, after long years of such "education," in kindergartens, schools, on television and in prayer houses, there is no wonder that many members of these peoples take the path of terror and turn this murderousness into a way of life. At a year-end party at a Gaza kindergarten, young children wearing army fatigues and waving toy guns chanted anti-Israel slogans, expressing their desire to attack the Jewish state with missiles, blow up in buses, and die as martyrs. What would happen if, instead of toying with contacts with Hamas and handing over "aid money" that ends up in the hands of terrorists, the world would impose grave sanctions on every organization and person involved in terror, incitement to terror, or terror education?

2012-06-15 00:00:00

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