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Losing the Very Young
There is a deeply disturbing story from AP on how Hamas reaches the youngest children for recruitment. The results, in the form of suicide bombers and the spiral of violence, are hard to miss.

Using a Mickey Mouse knock-off called "Farfour," meaning Butterfly, the al Aqsa TV station airs a program each Friday lays down the broad hate speech that Islamist groups are so adept at.

Hamas is the Muslim Brotherhood in the area, according to its own statements. And Hamas runs al Aqsa. The Brotherhood's supreme guide, Mohammed Akef said of Hamas: "Its principles, methods and programs are derived from true Islam."

The TV cartoon program is not subtle in its message.

"You and I are laying the foundation for a world led by Islamists," Farfour said. And then: "We will return the Islamic community to its former greatness, an liberate Jerusalem, God willing, liberate Iraq, God willing, and liberate all the countries of the Muslims invaded by the murderers."

There a many legitimate grievances on all sides of the Middle East conflict. But this, in a nutshell, creates, among the youngest on the West Bank, the mind-set of the _caliphate_ and the deep sense of Islam being stripped of its rightful place in the world.

The focus on the young is not unusual. What is unusual in the inculcation of the values of _jihad_ and the entitlement to Islam as a political system to govern the world. It is the naked incitement to violence, hatred of the West and Israel, and the glorification of murder.

Catholic priests used to say that if they had a child going to Mass until the age of five, they had a life-long Catholic. Protestant groups, particularly fundamentalists, focus heavily on reaching the very young, understanding that what one learns in the early, formative years, are likely to stick for life.

But seldom do these groups, which can often be deeply intolerant, glorify violence or preach armed warfare against Islam or anyone else.

This is part of the river of hate speech, funded by _wahhabists_ and often flowing through groups associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, that are the push factor in violent _jihad._ Unless this type of inculcation ceases, we are guaranteed many generations of violent _jihadists_ who were formed in these schools.

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