This needs to stop:
The New York City Department of Education, red-faced over Brooklyn sixth-graders who slammed a GI with demoralizing anti-Iraq-war letters as part of a school assignment, will send the 20-year-old private a letter of apology Tuesday.
The GI got the ranting missives last month from pint-sized pen pals at JHS 51 in Park Slope.
Filled with political diatribes, the letters predict GIs will die by the tens of thousands, accuse soldiers of killing Iraqi civilians and bash President Bush.
Teacher Alex Kunhardt had his students write Jacobs as part of a social-studies assignment.
Lovely. And what articulate, well-thought-out words of criticism did these 12- and 13-year olds have for our hard-working, brave, dedicated soldier Pfc. Rob Jacobs?
One girl wrote that she believes Jacobs is “being forced to kill innocent people” and challenged him to name an Iraqi terrorist, concluding, “I know I can’t.”
Ah yes. Some 12-year-old can’t name an Iraqi terrorist and thus concludes that there aren’t any. Clearly her taxpayer public education is covering all the bases.
Another girl wrote, “I strongly feel this war is pointless,”
Guess what? Feelings aren’t a perfect guide to the truth. I blame only your parents and teachers for failing to educate you about why wars may sometimes be necessary, and that we didn’t start this fight.
while a classmate predicted that because Bush was re-elected, “only 50 or 100 [soldiers] will survive.”
50 to 100? Of the tens of thousands that are over there? When our soldiers outnumber the terrorists something like 100 to 1 (or more)? Even when I was in 6th grade, I was a better critical thinker than that.
And since when does a 6th grader have an opinion about a Presidential election? Kids don’t care about things like that, when left to their own devices.
A boy accused soldiers of “destroying holy places like mosques.”
Well, when the enemy is inside them, shooting at you from there, and using holy places as storage for weapons and safe hideouts for terrorists, the building forfeits its right to amnesty. In fact, the Geneva Conventions are very specific about this. Would it be any different if Christian terrorists were using churches to store weapons and use as a hideout?
It also should be noted that mosque raids in Iraq are being carried out by Iraqi troops, and not coalition. They certainly don’t have a problem with it.
Even one kid smitten with soldiers couldn’t keep politics out of the picture, writing, “I find that many extreme liberals are disrespectful to you.”
And the kid should be commended for thinking for himself. He appears to have made an observation about the behavior of others, rather than simply parroting what he was told.
“I want to think these letters were coached by the teacher or the parents of these children,” Jacobs said in an interview from Camp Casey, Korea.
“It boggles my mind that children could think this stuff.”
They don’t. Obviously they are being coached. Or brainwashed, if you prefer a more accurate term. Attitudes and phrases like this don’t result from objective education based on facts and looking at both sides of the picture. These kids are being indoctrinated by the school and by their parents (or the parents are failing to counter the indoctrination, which is just as bad).
Using children as proxies in social and political conflicts is beyond disgusting, and reveals the true cowardly and dishonest nature of the perpetrators. I have ranted before about PETA doing this kind of thing, but it is a more general, widespread disease in our educational system.
This needs to stop. Both sides need to repudiate this child abuse, and stop using the innocent as pawns in our own arguments and conflicts. Only a coward hides behind the innocent. Let the enemy come forth and be seen, and be engaged on the battlefield.