Islamic TV in Lebanon has a new darling for its daytime TV audience. His name is Imad, and not unlike many other child stars, he's a close relative of a famous, popular celebrity. Unfortunately, that celebrity is none other than bloodthirsty Hezbollah mastermind Imad Mugniyah, the younger Imad's namesake and grandfather. Watch the deeply disturbing appearance of this young terrorist-in-the-making here:
And read some of the highlights from the transcript below (screencaps included, since some of this defies belief):
Interviewer: Leaders do not die because their path lives on forever. With us in the studio is little 'Imad Mughniya, grandson of the martyr 'Imad. Good morning, 'Imad. How are you?[...]
Interviewer: What are you wearing, 'Imad?
'Imad Mughniya: Military fatigues.
Interviewer: What do you want to be when you grow up? What do you want to be when you grow up?
Family members: He will be in the resistance.
'Imad Mughniya: I will be in the resistance. [...]
Grandmother: Whose gun is this?
'Imad Mughniya: Grandpa's.
Grandmother: That's right. Who wants to hold the gun?
Interviewer: Hajj 'Imad entrusted little 'Imad with this.
The video concludes with a chilling image of little Imad holding what appears to be a genuine, potentially live pistol as he runs offscreen to his mother.
The man Mugniyah is named for has been described as an "arch-terrorist" by Middle East News outlets. He was responsible for masterminding both the bombing at the American embassy in Beirut and the attack against the US Marines' headquarters in Lebanon in 1983, which killed over 200 Americans. Mugniyah himself was killed in 2008, prompting an outcry from militant Islamic groups:
The assassination sends a powerful warning to the Damascus-based leaders of Hamas, the Palestinian militant group which is backed by Iran.
Hamas spoke out against Mugniyah's assassination. "We condemn this crime and we emphasize the Muslim nation must rise up to confront the Zionist devil which is backed by the Americans," said Hamas spokesman in Gaza, Samir Abu Zuhri.
The announcement of his death said Mugniyah for 20 years has been the target of "Zionists and oppressors" - in Hizbullah and Iranian parlance a reference to Israel and the United States.