"Peter opened his bottom drawer and took out the bugger mask. Mother got upset at him when Peter bought it, but Dad pointed out that the war wouldnt go away just because you hid bugger masks and wouldnt let your kids play with make believe laser guns."
Answers 1Add Yours
I think this scene speaks to the fact that most people have no clue exactly why they are fighting the Buggers. The mask elicits fear, mystery, ignorance, and hate. This is a potent formula that fuels war. Mother wants to avoid addressing the whole situation. Father sounds like he wants to acknowledge the war but does not know. or wish to know, the reasons behind the conflict.