Add this to the list of reasons for violence and extremism in the Middle East.
“Tom and Jerry” cartoons.
That’s what the head of Egypt’s State Information Service declared in a speech this week at Cairo University. And, oh yes, in case the audience didn’t take him seriously about his theories on the dim-witted cat and the pesky mouse, he offered two more reasons: video games and violent movies.
“Tom and Jerry” portrays “the violence in a funny manner and sends the message that, yes, I can hit him … and I can blow him up with explosives. It becomes set in [the viewer’s] mind that this is natural,” SIS head Salah Abdel Sadek told the audience, according to a translation by the website EgyptianStreets.com.
And the video games?
“It has become very normal for a young man to spend long hours playing video games, killing and spilling blood, and he’s happy and content,” Abdel Sadek continued. He added, according to the website, that youths are “faced with social pressures that push them to resort to violence, which they consider normal and understandable.”