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July 28, 2003

Making Rachels

You know, I've found the perfect playdate for this little girl.

Photo via yahoo
Laetitia Francoz-Levesque, a four-year-old Montreal girl, traces her anti-globalization sign with her finger prior to a family friendly march to protest the World Trade Organization meetings in Montreal, July 27, 2003.

This little boy.

Photo via yahoo
Two-year old Khalil Shehada plays with a real gun as Palestinians mark the first anniversary of his uncle, military leader Sheik Salah Shehada's assassination, in Gaza city, Friday, July 25, 2003.

I just know their families will get along

"You manipulate your children in an attempt to make a political point in the media, too? We love doing that! Why don't you and the missus come over one night for a nice meal of blood libel and impotent hate?"

"We've got a lovely Rachel Corrie video the kids can watch."

Posted by Bigwig at July 28, 2003 12:31 AM | TrackBack
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Looks like child abuse to me.

Posted by: Russ at July 28, 2003 01:33 AM

One is a child in a legitimate protest in a democratic country; the other is a child promoting terrorism in a not democratic at all country. The former will grow up to be a rank conservative to piss her Canadian parents off (because that's what North American children do a lot); the latter will likely grow up to be a terrorist.

Just because you don't agree with something...and protesters have stuck in many warbloggers' craws beyond all natural shelf life, or indeed half-life...doesn't mean that moral equivalency, the sin the right loves to accuse the left of, has any bearing to what's actually in those pictures.

Posted by: Jane Finch at July 28, 2003 09:17 AM

It's not the sentiments of the poster I disagree with, but the way in which the parents are intentionally using her for their own politics. The only difference between they and the Palestinian parents of the toddler below her is one of degree, and it probably isn't that great a degree.

It comes down to one's answer to this question "What kind of parent forces a little girl to carry a "WTO SCUM, YOUR TIME HAS COME" poster? Surely that's the rhetorical equivalent of the gun in the picture below?

I'm sure her parents consider themselves among the most moral of people, but their actions undermine their postion. I would expect they are the worst kind of strident assholes, something one can find on both sides of the political fence.

I agree that Laeticia will likely become a rank conservative. Her parents have left her no other options when it comes to rebellion.

Posted by: Bigwig at July 28, 2003 10:36 AM

What kind of parent takes his/her child to a demo? The same kind of parent that has its child march with a poster of little fetus feet in an anti-abortion rally; the same kind of parent that has its child march in a demonstration against commodities boards when farm prices are down (in my prairie region, there's a phrase, "red diaper baby" for all the kids who went to farm demos from Day One); the same kind of parent that takes its child to a Stand up For America or whatever it was called pro-America rally before the other words, parents who a) want their children to grow up with their beliefs; b) want to bring children to remove the stigma of it being a wingnut rally (and that goes for demonstrations of anything), less scary and ; c) want to use "for the children" as their excuse for whatever, or a combo of any of those.

You (and I) don't agree with the WTO sentiment, but it's not exactly "kill the infidels by blowing up a bus full of Israelis"...certainly the combo of the Hussein boys and the gun are much more strongly evocative of terror than parents who probably wear plastic Birkenstocks because they refuse to wear, much less consume, animal products (I have my own mental sterotypes!).

Posted by: Janefinch at July 28, 2003 12:39 PM
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