If you could save the victims of one of the following four events, which group would you save?
1. The victims of Fidel Castro's "revolution?"
2. The victims of Hezbollah's ambushes, rockets and missiles over the past three weeks?
3. The victims of the Seattle attack on the Jewish federation?
4. The victims of Mel Gibson's repulsive outburst of anti-Semitic venom?
If all human life is valued equally, you'd have to save Castro's millions of victims, the Hezbollah's thousands, then the one dead and many injured in Seattle, and then Gibson's offended.
As an extraordinary week draws to a close, though, you wouldn't have any sense of scale or importance if you had been watching American media or reading American commentary.
To MSM, Castro is the aging but charismatic leader of a defiant island-state, still bearded and wearing fatigues.
Hezbollah is the little terrorist organization that could hold out against the mighty IDF.
Naveed Haq, according to his lawyer, "had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and had been taking medication to help control its symptoms, which generally include drastic mood swings."
And Gibson is the anti-Semitic rant-maker and Oscar-winner in whose explosive wrath upon arrest Arianna Huffington found "a chance for reasonable people to stand up and be counted. For the sane among us to identify, separate, and condemn the extremists, the fanatics, the fundamentalists, the bigots, the hate-mongers and say 'no more.' "
We are, it seems, in danger of losing any sense of priority, of scale, of genuine importance.
We are three weeks and two days into the longest, sustained terrorist attack since the V-2s fell on England. It is a war crime --recognized everywhere-- to employ indiscriminate weapons. More than 2,000 have fallen on Israel in a little over three weeks, every one of which is intended to kill civilians.
Castro, if we are lucky, is in renal shutdown or some similar panic-and-repentance initiating slow-shut down of his internal organs that might lead him to beg forgiveness of God and the people he so cruelly used. Tens of thousands executed; hundreds of thousands imprisoned. Millions impoverished. That is Castro's record, and it makes him --easily-- the Most Evil Man of the 20th Century, Western Hemisphere Division.