David Stokes

This past week could be described as the tale of two tapes. The video tells the story. In both cases, the images have led to public outcry. One shows a botched baseball call, the other shows what really happened on board a ship—a vessel that was up to no good.

In the case of Major League Baseball umpire, Jim Joyce—the poor guy simply got it wrong. There were two outs in the ninth inning the other day at Comerica Park in Detroit and Tiger pitcher, Armando Galarraga, was en route to a perfect game—as in retiring 27 batters in a row—no walks, no hits—nada. It’s a rarity (though there have been two already this year, making 20 in the history of Major League Baseball) and one of those moments etched in consciousness of the players and fans bearing witness.

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So up comes Cleveland Indian, Jason Donald, and he hits a ground ball that pulls the first baseman off the bag, requiring Galarraga to cover in order to make the out. He did. Then the unthinkable happened. Umpire Joyce called the runner safe.

The video shows that not only was Jason Donald out, but it wasn’t really all that close of a play. Outrage followed. In fact, I dare say that no one seeing the video has felt anything less. Interestingly, the umpire, after seeing the video, sought the pitcher out and apologized to him (there’s the headline) and graciousness abounded. All those involved conducted themselves admirably.

But the ruling on the field stands.

Now, consider the other admittedly much more important and deadly serious incident caught on tape this past week. It shows Israeli soldiers boarding a vessel and being greeted by people wielding metal bars and such, requiring defensive measures by the soldiers. Nineteen died aboard the Mavi Marmara and a full-blown international incident was created.

With an immediacy that can only suggest careful preparation and anticipation, the spin-witch-doctors of the “hate-Israel” cabal began provoking denunciations. The world almost at once, with a complicit United Nations and American mainstream media primed and eager to help, morphed into one big angry mob.

The United States’ official response has been tepid at best and shameful at worst. Ignoring opportunities resident in its power to short circuit at least some of the U.N. propaganda machine, our leaders have largely sat idly by while our now apparently former ally takes a geopolitical beating.


David Stokes

David R. Stokes is a best-selling author, pastor, columnist, and broadcaster. His latest book is a novel: CAPITOL LIMITED: A Story about John Kennedy and Richard Nixon. Based on a true story, it's about a unique moment in 1947, when Kennedy and Nixon shared