In an England Suburb, Teaching the Kids Jihad and Jew Hatred

The atmosphere hitting me up there, looking down at this crowd of angry children, was of palpable hostility. One of the panelists, journalist Paul Eedle, interrupted the woman -- evidently a teacher -- to remind her of the thousands of Americans who had given their lives in WWII to defeat fascism, but the school just erupted again. One wee boy in the third row was holding up a fist. I reminded them of the plaque at Duxford Airbase commemorating 33,000 dead U.S. pilots but it -- literally -- landed like a lead balloon. At this point the headmaster stood up and said: “You need to remember that there are only a handful of countries in the world that would allow a discourse like this amongst young students!” I am sure I could hear from a great distance the angry woman grinding her teeth.

My speech had concentrated on IRA terror -- but a man asked me why I was blaming “only Muslims.” Yes, in the course of the panel discussion I had mentioned the small matters of the PLO hijackings, the murder of 241 American troops in Beirut, the Khobar Towers, the murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher outside the Libyan London Embassy, and of course 9/11 and 7/7 -- panelist Dr. Daud Abdullah of the Muslim Council of Britain even mentioned the 1972 Munich slaughter of the Israeli Olympic athletes -- but this guy seemed to feel Muslims were being victimized. In my speech I had also noted that some historians feel Menachem Begin was a terrorist, but now I was accused of singling out Muslim terror.

It troubles me that children are also being made by the media to hate the U.S. because of the -- admittedly poor -- American management of Manchester United and Liverpool football clubs and the takeover by Kraft of Cadbury. The British trade authorities could have stopped those misguided Americans from taking over those institutions in the first place.

Panelist Dr. Abdullah decried America for Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I was not given a chance to reply, but wanted to remind him, and the large contingent of impressionable children, that if the U.S. had not dropped the bombs, millions of American, British, Australian, Filipino, and New Zealand troops would have perished because the Japanese leadership was fully intending to conduct a forty-year land war -- with even the tiniest of its children trained to fight until every last baby was dead. Needless to say, Dr. Abdullah and the America-hating faculty member would not have been born, as people of color would have been next on Hitler’s annihilation list. Had the allies been annihilated by Germany and Japan in World War II, we would be living in the dark ages.

But they don’t seem to teach real history these days.

Suffer the little children ...