Monday, November 15, 2010

War: it is only a game when played in Tenafly, N.J. 07670

Preparing our future warriors at an elementary school in Tenafly, New Jersey, Bergen County, USA. Of course the children (most) in Tenafly do not know war at first hand, but so many children worldwide do. These boys are not blameworthy, but their parents are. Shame! I have not witnessed a mass exodus of Tenafly's citizens to join a theater of war. This toy is only a game, but may it not prepare the child for a world where "the other " is blown into bloody fragments through no fault of their own? A child caught in a zone where drones drop bombs has no role to play in making decisions which might cause her / his destruction. Those are the forgotten ones; the Tenafly children, on the other hand, expect to live a long life and threats to their safety are exaggerated, so much so that they cannot imagine a world where they are caught within a theater of war and experience the true terror of it. Let us not give our children these colorful but deadly models. Yes, you might say the toy does no harm and it is clear that the designers and manufacturers have taken safety into account. Yet how ironic it is that the bright cheerful colors, the colors of the disneyfied world make the very concept of such instruments of death cheerful.

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