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Tuesday, September 12, 2006


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"Bush is a hypocrite, as America has a lot of weapons of mass destruction but they started a war to stop Iraq from having wmd" -- I'm not sure this is hypocricy so much as power-hogging. But I take your point.

My kids still don't know anything about global affairs. They know vaguely that soldiers are fighting and dying in a wary (one of their preschool teachers has a son in the marines, doing his second duty in Iraq; ditto the son of one of my mother's first cousins, who attends church with us) but the bigger issues continue to be outside their field of vision.

Unless they heard something in school yesterday (which I doubt), they still don't know about 9/11.

I don't know if this is a good thing, or hypocricy on my part. How nice, that my children don't have to know the actions of their country.

thanks Suze - that's made it all very clear.
Could you get Olle to ask about decision making within the parliamentary system now? I'd like to know about factions and preselection and who gets what Ministries.

Mikhela, that gave me a big laugh! (I'm not sure I'm the best person to explain all that, though I could give it a go.)
Jody, I have misgivings about telling Olle these kinds of things. For a start, I'm not sure he's capable of really understanding it, so why bother him with these awful realities. On the other hand, he's known about the war in Iraq since he went on many protest marches against it as a four year old in 2003. We do have television news on at night which he sees (though I try not to let him see the worst war footage.) And they are realities which will shape the world he grows into. So I do discuss them with him, though not every day of the week. And he doesn't know about 9/11 either - partly because we're not in the US, so it's not so close to us, but also because it's not something I want him to have in his head.

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