Middle East reporting
by Wesley Smith
I have noticed something that concerns me quite a bit about the "slant" of the news reporting from the Middle East. Each time that a suicide bomber blows up innocent people in Israel--whether it is in a cafe, bus, or public street--the news coverage is very brief, the pictures of the massacre disappear quickly, and the terrorists are not condemned as wicked people who are killing babies, children, and women. The terrorists seem to be getting a slap on the wrist for what they do, while the Jewish people who respond to these terrorist acts are portrayed as horrible bullies who have no respect for the lives of the Palestinians.
A case in point: Over and over again the news media shows pictures of Palestinian women and children suffering at the hands of the Jewish military. The new catch phrase is: "David has become Goliath." Whoever came up with this new buzzword sure does not know his Biblical history very well. Long after David had whipped up on Goliath, and after he had become a powerful king, he continued to kill and root out the Philistine terrorists. Even three thousand years ago the Jewish people had to struggle to survive, being surrounded by people who did not want them to exist as a nation.
The United States has a right to exist as a nation. France has the right to exist as a nation. And every other country in the world has a right to exist as a nation. Every nation that exists was born from war. But we do not question their right to exist.
This uneven reporting dominates the news media and warps the perception of people everywhere. Let's make the scenario a little clearer: Suppose that Mexican terrorists were crossing our borders as suicide bombers and entering our shopping malls and other public places and blowing our private citizens into little pieces of shredded meat, with blood and guts spewed everywhere. How do you think we would respond to a diet of death such as this? Yes! Even the liberals would begin to beg for our government to retaliate and do something about it. And if this had occurred for more than two years, escalating until it became a daily diet of death and destruction, the liberals (and the press) would demand reprisals, or whatever it would take, to stop and destroy the terrorist network.
Some of the reporters in Israel have asked the Israeli government how long it will continue the invasion of the West Bank, as though anyone could say "three days" or "one week". The very idea of asking such a question shows that the reporter does not have the smallest understanding as to what Israel has faced and put up with all these months. The answer they received astonished them: "We will stay as long as it takes to dismantle and destroy the terrorist network."
This is pretty much what President Bush and the coalition of nations have expressed. "We will continue the war on terrorism until we win!"
What is wrong with this? Absolutely nothing. This is just good common sense.
If we were dealing with a daily diet of terrorism here in America we would respond in similar fashion, if not with even more zeal. Consider how we felt September 11 and shortly afterwards. As a nation we were united in the cause of destroying the terrorist network that killed so many of our innocent citizens.
Israel feels the same way. Any nation would.
Arafat's headquarters are surrounded, not because the Jews don't like Palestinians and do not have respect for them as a people. His headquarters are besieged because he and his henchmen have murdered the innocent populace of Israel. The Jewish people finally got their bellies full and have said, "Enough is enough! Now we are coming after you and we are going to destroy this evil and purge it from the earth." This is exactly what the coalition has done and said. There is absolutely no difference between the attitude of President Bush and Prime Minister Sharon. And they are both right. Evil, like Bin Laden's Al-Qaeda and Yasser Arafat's killers, should be erased from planet earth. There is no doubt about it.
The liberals who are so one-sided in their reporting would sing a different tune if it was their mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers who were being blown to bloody bits by Arafat's butchers. Proof of this is demonstrated in an immense attitude change right after September 11. The "peace" people kept their mouths shut, and they had enough sense to realize that their way of thinking was archaic. Killers have to be dealt with in an entirely different way, and with different rules than dealing with normal society. Killers have to be killed or captured and locked up. There can be no compromising with people like this. All the rules become different, because the playing field is completely different. It is not a matter of what is right and what is wrong. The thing that has to be considered is the fact that allowing killers and terrorists to function means the total destruction of freedom and society.
It is a simple choice, and anyone in his or her right mind (common sense) knows it. Do we want the total breakdown of society (Jewish or otherwise), with total lawlessness, or do we want to be able to live in a country where there is peace and safety?
F. E. Smedley has said it better: "All is fair in love and war!"
Let's quit bashing the Jews and blaming them for the ills of society. Hasn't that been done enough throughout history? Wasn't the holocaust big enough and long enough? Havent they suffered enough?
Surely, in this modern era we should be able to at least report the facts with an equal and honest effort. Anti-Semitism should be a thing of the past! The "politically correct" crowd wants to be so careful not to be prejudiced against minority groups, i.e. Blacks, Indians, and Hispanics. How can these same people show such blatant prejudice towards our Jewish brethren?
If they are not aware of their prejudice, the rest of us are. Their prejudice reveals itself so clearly in almost every news article and television interview concerning the problems in the Middle East. Are they even aware of how obvious it is to the rest of us? Has fairness in news reporting gone out the window?
When I watch the news I am looking for the truth, not someone's slant on current events. And I think that most of America feels the same way. We are tired of being badgered with the one-sided approach to issues. Please . . .just tell us the news and leave your opinions out of it.
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