Theme park lets chil­dren play anti-U.S. war games

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD - — Brad­ford Richard­son

The Ira­nian govern­ment has re­port­edly opened a new theme park where, rather than rid­ing roller coast­ers or Fer­ris wheels, chil­dren dress up as sol­diers and pre­tend to de­fend the Is­lamic repub­lic against its en­e­mies, in­clud­ing Is­rael and the United States.

The City of Games for Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Chil­dren, lo­cated in the city of Mashad, splits chil­dren age 8 to 13 into “squads” of up to 10, The Sun re­ported. The pla­toons com­plete var­i­ous themed chal­lenges per­tain­ing to the Iran-Iraq War, the de­fense of holy shrines and mak­ing it through mine­fields safely.

At the sta­tion of the Holy De­fense, chil­dren are en­cour­aged to fire bul­lets at an ef­figy of Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu and lob ar­tillery shells at U.S. and Is­rael flags.

“At the fi­nal sta­tion, chil­dren learn that the most im­por­tant el­e­ments for at­tain­ing vic­tory are wis­dom and in­tel­li­gence for fight­ing the enemy,” theme park boss Harnid Sadeghi told Raja News in Iran.

He said there was “great de­mand” for the park.

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