Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Beautifying the neighborhood

Palestinian refugees, who fled the besieged refugee camp of Nahr al-bared in north Lebanon, walk in front of a mural at the adjacent refugee camp of Beddawi, 29 May 2007. Crowded into schools with little food and deteriorating sanitary conditions, life is growing more miserable by the day for thousands of Palestinian refugees who fled fighting in northern Lebanon. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH BARRAK (Photo credit should read JOSEPH BARRAK/AFP/Getty Images)

People are upset over the al-Qaeda-linked Fatah al-Islam group that started taking over "Palestinian refugee camps" in Lebanon. But is anyone asking what made the camps such an ideal place for terror to spread?

This picture gives a good answer to that question. When generations of people are raised to worship weapons, when they decorate their own towns with romantic representations of instruments of death, why is anyone surprised that these places become incubators of terror?