Clouding the moral color of each side’s respective actions was none other than President Bush, who said he was “troubled” by Israel’s attempted assassination of Hamas leader Rantisi. Although many on Capitol Hill and elsewhere were furious at the remark, Bush has done as much as anybody to put the current situation in the proper context. On his way to the Mideast, President Bush visited Nazi death camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau, thereby unmistakably linking the Holocaust with the actions of today’s terrorists. If only the media could learn from the President.
A recent Reuters news wire story on the funeral of a one-year-old Palestinian girl curiously avoids referring to her father, a committed member of Hamas, as a “terrorist.” The man who dedicated his life to the slaughter of innocent Jews was, according to Reuters, a “militant” who was one of the “heroes of the Palestinian struggle.” What “struggle”? The “struggle” to murder innocents while they shop, eat, or ride on a bus? The “struggle” to intentionally kill small children? Reuters did not define the “Palestinian struggle,” but given that the article refers to all terrorists as merely “militants,” it is safe to assume that the “struggle” was the one supposedly for statehood.
Far more common, though less pernicious, than Reuters’ choice of labels is the media’s tendency to lump together all “violence” in one category. Many news outlets have a running tally indicating the total number killed since the recent peace talks, often with no distinction between Israelis and Palestinians, between civilians and terrorists, or between civilians killed intentionally by terrorists or those killed unintentionally in targeted attacks on terrorists. The numbers, though, actually mean little. Those who understand the real goal of Palestinian terrorists also understand the painful truth: the murder of innocent Israelis is never going to stop.
Joel Mowbray, who got his start with Townhall.com, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.
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