Ed Driscoll

"IF IT'S FROM MATTEL, IT'S

“IF IT’S FROM MATTEL, IT’S SWELL”, went the line about M-14s in The Short-Timers, one of the two books (along with Michael Herr’s Dispatches) that Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket was based on. Charles Johnson is keeping track of the number of Palestinian boys carrying what AP and Reuters are dubbing “toy guns”.

But as Johnson points out, in several cases, those guns are anything but toys. And even in the cases that they probably are, what sort of parents allows their kids to carry toy guns in a war zone?