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BBC world news reported yesterday that the famous children’s programme ‘Sesame Street’ is returning back for a special series.
After three decades of trying to make basic math and reading fun, “Sesame Street” is tackling a more serious subject: war. Its new series, “Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes,” uses Elmo, the lovable red puppet, and his pal Rosita to teach children of military families how to cope when a parent is deployed—or returns home wounded. “Military children serve alongside their parents and they suffer just as much as their parents do,” says Gary Knell, president of Sesame Workshop, the non-profit behind the PBS show.
My views have not changed and that ‘Wrong is Wrong’ wherever it is committed. I feel for the children of the soldiers who have been sent to fight wars which are not theirs. Will the children be told that the ‘War’ their parents went to fight for was an illegal war?
What about the 1.2 million plus Iraqi civilians that have been murdered since the Iraqi invasion by the USA. Do those children not have thoughts and feelings? Do they not feel sad and sorrow and ask the same questions as any young mind would ask?
What about the hundreds and thousands of children that have been living under occupation in Palestine? Research shows that extensive physiological trauma exists within the minds of young Palestinians and they have to deal with this every day.
Yet the USA government continues to donate billions to Israel on a yearly basis and spends billions on funding illegal wars aboard for its own interests.