Chatty Cathy Dolls
July 23, 2006
Remember Chatty Cathy dolls? You pulled a string on the dolls back, and as if by magic, Chatty Cathy would speak! It didn’t matter that Chatty Cathy kept repeating the same 5 or 6 sentences. Millions of little girls were enthralled. It didn’t matter what Chatty Cathy said- it was enough that she said it. Legions of little girls shaped animated conversation with their dolls in anticipation of what the response would be when the string was pulled.
So it is in much of the Arab world. Like the little girls enthralled by the same sounds, over and over again, they remain enthralled by what they perceive as Palestinian and Arab ‘heroism’ in fighting the Israelis and American interests.
It doesn’t matter that they are responding to prepackaged and predetermined sounds. Like the little girls playing, as far as the Arab world is concerned, that is enough to make the dolls real. Like the little girls, they have established a relationship with fantasy. While little girls are supposed to play with dolls, grown men who are supposed to create and live in functional societies, are not.
Hamas, Hizbollah and all the other groups that claim Palestinian and Arab political loyalty are agents of terror, first and foremost. Palestinians make no secret that their loyalty is often earned predicated on the number of ‘Jews’ a particular group has killed.
In the Palestinians pretend tea parties, Hamas, Jihad, et al, are all organizations that are first and foremost political parties (the ‘warring’ factions in Rwanda, Sierra Leonne, Congo and elsewhere also see themselves as ‘political parties’).
The Palestinians and Arab world would have you believe that somehow, they are the ‘exceptions’ and the ‘Chatty Cathy’ logic reinforces that idea.
Of course, in the civilized world, national political parties and social service agencies are not supposed to have offensive weapons.
In the civilized world, national political parties and social service agencies are not outfitted with weapons provided by third countries, that are used to attack other countries- or those that don’t share their politics, at home. They do not attempt to outdo each other in the acquisition of armaments.
National political parties and social service agencies are not organizations that are controlled by outside regimes.
National political parties and social service agencies that insist they are humanitarian in nature and are victims of cruel aggressor that want to disarm them, cannot be trusted or taken at their word. By design, Hizbollah, Hamas and Jihad base themselves in residential areas, places arms depots in urban areas, and have rocket or missile launch sites that are in backyards.
National political parties and social service agencies that want to be considered moral equals to with those in the western world cannot preach and teach hate. Hamas and Jihad for example, make no effort to hide their bigoted and racist agenda. In fact, Hamas, Jihad, et al, are no different than the Ku Klux Klan and other neo-Nazi organizations (many of which maintain relationships with Hamas).
Imagine a the Ku Klux Klan insisting it were the equivalent of other political party and organizations. Imagine a network of Ku Klux Klan schools. What do you suppose that curriculum would be like? Now, imagine that the children that attended those schools went home every day and were then exposed to Klan TV. Imagine those ideologies reinforced by the clergy, each week.
Imagine Klan summer camps that taught children guerrilla warfare and how to kill the neighbors they hated.
Imagine Klan schools, camps and other institutions bordered on a black, Jewish or other immigrant neighborhoods.
Do you still see Hamas in the same way? Of course not- unless of course, you were part of the Arab world that talked to Chatty Cathy as if she were real. Sadly, in much of the Arab world, playing with Chatty Cathy dolls is all they know.
A reader, Bilgeman, put it best.:
Muslim Chatty Cathy dolls come in two exciting varieties, kids!
“Terrorist al-Cathy” and “Bombed by IDF/USA al-Cathy”
- “Liberate Occupied Palestine”
- “Israel must negotiate!”
- “Death to the Jews and Americans!”
- “Disproportionate Force”
- “Israel must be destroyed”
- “Humanitarian catastrophe”
- ” We are Martyrs for Allah!”
- “Make them stop killing us!”
- “Islam will dominate the world!”
- “Dirty Zionists and Crusaders”
…and the good news kids, is that both varieties of Chatty al-Cathy dolls are COMPLETELY INTERCHANGEABLE!
Be the first kid in your refugee camp to get yours!
At some point, the Arab world has to deal with reality.
When learning a new language, often ‘immersion’ is the best way to go. It’s time to retire the Chatty Cathy dolls, grow up and learn the language of adults. If the aversion and allergy to reality is so great, well, too bad. One way or the other, the little girls must be separated from their toys, pacifiers and blankies that have held them back far too long.
Even little girls have to grow up.
Parts of this post were published 1n July, 2006