Saturday, May 06, 2006

Arab Toon Promotes "Tolerance"

"Can't we all get along" asks this cartoon from Jordan. From YahooNews:

A Jordanian media firm hopes its new TV cartoon series can achieve what politicians have failed to do so far: bridge the cultural divide between East and West...Even more important is that the cartoon, called "Ben and Izzy" and aimed at 8 to 11 year olds, has royal backing from Jordan's media savvy rulers, King Abdullah II and Queen Rania, who have made it their goal to promote tolerance...
"Ben and Izzy has all the right ingredients," Rania told The Associated Press. "It uses the fun medium of a children's cartoon, promotes important intercultural understanding and educates our children as well."
"It's all about partnership. This isn't about East telling West, or West telling East, but rather East and West putting their heads together and figuring out what's best for us both," she added.

I think the first lesson should be: "don't blow yourself and others up".