A NEW [UK] teaching aid that recommends schoolchildren as young as seven “write a letter to a terrorist” to help understand their motives has been condemned as “dangerous and misguided”.
The book, Talking About Terrorism, published weeks before the Manchester Arena atrocity, describes the indiscriminate mass murder of innocent members of the public as a “type of war”.
It tells primary age children that terrorists kill people because they believe they are being treated “unfairly and not shown respect”.
It gives examples of “terrorists” whose ideas then turn out to be right: “The Suffragettes used violence and were called terrorists…” it stated. “Today many people think of them as brave women and admire their struggle for the right to vote.” …
In trying to help children “understand” terrorists’ motives, the book invites sympathy for the killers, critics claim. And by invoking the Suffragettes and Nelson Mandela, it leads children to question whether terrorism might be justifiable, they say. …
But Alison Jamieson, one of the co-authors of the book, defended the publication and said children’s letters were not to a specific terrorist and were not intended to be sent.
“Especially when dealing with ideological indoctrination, it is difficult to see how terrorism can ever be defeated unless one understands the grievances that drive it and where anger and hatred come from. Military force, even where it is possible, is never enough.”
Yes, so examine the motivation of the terrorists. Hitler wrote Mein Kampf in the 1920s, which is loaded with valuable clues about his future policies. Mohammed wrote the Koran — yet its contents and the obvious conclusions for us are not taught in the West. Instead we are told the big lies that Islam is the religion of peace and “Allahu Akbar” means “God is great”.
Islam is nothing like the suffragette movement.