The term "culture war" took on a whole new meaning on Al Aqsa today:
Gaza Strip -- A Mickey Mouse lookalike who preached Islamic domination on a Hamas-affiliated children's television program was beaten to death in the show's final episode Friday.
That Walt, always the pioneer.
In the final skit, "Farfour" was killed by an actor posing as an Israeli official trying to buy Farfour's land. At one point, the mouse called the Israeli a "terrorist."
The original ending had Farfour sitting with Minnie and Donald at a Sbarro's in Damascus, nervously eyeing several customers while Daisy struggled to park outside - and then, cut to black.
"Farfour was martyred while defending his land," said Sara, the teen presenter. He was killed "by the killers of children," she added.
Uhm... isn't Sara a Jewish name? Some geniuses they have over there at Al Aqsa.
Station officials said Friday that Farfour was taken off the air to make room for new programs. Station manager Mohammed Bilal said he did not know what would be shown instead.
What else but the public beheading of Goofy and Pluto, the unclean dogs?
All snark aside, this would be ridiculous, except that it shows the depths to which the terrorists will sink in order to fight this war. Over here we are constantly contorting ourselves to come up with examples of individual Muslims or groups that are not murderous bastards - and truth be told, there are some. They are usually ignored because many of them think we ought to take up arms in order to permanently defeat the murderous bastards. They write under assumed names and stay in hiding lest someone carry out a fatwa for their head on a pike.
Now, as a nation we can respond by bringing a copyright action against Al Aqsa, or dropping ordinance on Hamas until they decide that murderous bastardry has a dim future.
As harsh as option B sounds, consider that option A, even if successful, does nothing to help stop the war. Consider that while we wring our hands, generations of Palestinian children are encouraged to root for a plucky icon, come to trust everything he says about the "killers of children," and then beaten to death by one of those killers as they watch in horror. Can anyone doubt how effective this is? The message is unmistakable - you will be next, kid, unless you join the jihad.
Unless this cycle is broken, we will have to fight this war over and over again, on increasingly worse ground, both tactically (as terrorists make or are given victories) and intellectually (as the lies become long-established, "accepted wisdom"). War will seem at first to confirm everything these kids have heard since birth about the West: until the war is actually over, and they can see for themselves that their homes will be rebuilt, their schools re-opened, their religion respected, and their lives generally improved many times over. They will be able to see and compare for themselves life as expendable pawns of their own religion and families, and life as free people at peace with their neighbors. Unless we fight and win, they will never have the chance nor will they ever know the difference.