“Israeli customs officials have seized 400 Osama bin Laden dolls and 50 Saddam Hussein dolls saying they constitute incitement. The singing and dancing dolls, which carry toy guns, were discovered during a routine check of cargo at he port of Haifa, in northern Israel.”
The report quoted above says that “there has been some support for Osama bin Laden among Palestinians but no mass displays of affection for the accused terror mastermind.” That was no doubt intended to be reassuring, but it is always better to be realistic: the items pictured above were manufactured by businessmen who keep an eye on the bottom line. The bare fact that they exist at all, and that such toys keep on cropping up, suggests that support for Osama and for radical Islam are far more widespread in the Islamic world than most commentators would have us believe. These things wouldn’t be made if there weren’t demand for them.