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Explaining Terrorism to Children

This week we all witnessed the worst terrorist event in the nation since September, 2001.
Photos of the victims showed that the local community was clearly one of immigrants and children of immigrants. It’s appropriate then to listen to the sage advice from another immigrant, Dr. Manny Alvarez, who has been active as a volunteer for autism and Alzheimer’s and professionally has been noted for his OB-GYN work in drastically reducing the rate of early-term deliveries.
Dr. Alvarez I’m sure has great empathy for the San Bernardino victims and their children in that his own childhood included a birth in Batista’s Cuba and being taken in by an American foster family while he waited five long years for his father to be released from one of Castro’s prisons.


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Rise of the “Bedroom Jihadists”

I heard this term for the first time on Friday in reference to the shocking events in Paris.
It refers to the fact that in nations such as Belgium and France there are a significant number of teenagers who have become radicalized typing away on their computers at night, with many parents unaware until it is too late.
The above link is to a 2014 story of a Belgian dad who felt it was his responsibility to bring his son back from Syria. Having succeeded in this perilous venture, he felt obliged to help other parents caught in their own dangerous dilemmas.
As a parent with a teenage son who loves video games, I find myself constantly monitoring his choices of web sites. Although this is undoubtedly more of a problem with boys, girls too, both in the US and Europe, have fallen victim to the siren call of online radical jihadists.
Last week’s post focused on the fact that conservative commentators on “family values” are oblivious to the deleterious effects of family courts. ┬áThis new peril of “cyber conversions” is yet another reason for family court judges to make absolutely sure that BOTH parents have regular access to their children after divorce because it is far easier for a teen to fool one parent rather than two.

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