means and lies and hatreds

August 15, 2006

“It is the State of Israel that fails to recognize, respect or defer to the internationally lawful Israeli state of 1948. Israel wants more; more water and more villages. To obtain this, there are those who want, with God’s assistance, a final solution to the Palestinian problem.” – Jostein Gaarder, ‘God’s chosen people’ 

apparently, ynetnews, a Jewish site, has only just realised that some foreign media organizations – namely CNN and the BBC – have been publishing or broadcasting stories with a sympathetic bias towards Lebanon.  i won’t argue with this – i have access to CCN stories via 3 News and BBC World here on New Zealand tv, and will admit that i have noticed that they use phrases like “captured soldiers” and “Israeli propaganda”.  i only notice this, however, because i can compare it to news services like FOX News, (which, unfortunately, also plays here in NZ), who still insist that the Israeli soldiers were “kidnapped”.  how does one kidnap a foreign soldier in one’s own country?  when you sign up for war, you should expect the possibility of capture while you’re invading or occupying foreign soil.

i must admit, i have been feeling hopeful lately while watching and reading the news.  i had noticed the bias towards the plight of the Lebanese and the Hezbollah “resistance” (as long as i stayed away from FOX).  it seemed like the world was starting to wake up and realise what was really going on.  More importantly, people started asking questions and making their voices heard.

reuters.JPGnow, i don’t really condone biased reporting in the media.  i’m glad Reuter’s got busted for publishing and distributing doctored photographs – if you’re a global news outlet like that, it really is your responsibility to screen or fact-check any submissions from amateurs or freelancers – although in this case, any moron can see that the images in question were photoshopped.  badly.  but you have to ask yourself: why is this happening?  surely we in the West have not all become terrorist-lovers.  after all, our governments are constantly reminding us of our impending doom at the hands of the hijackers armed with household cleaning products.  could it just be that we realise, in this particular situation, that Israel is not in the right?  i think Norweigian author Jostein Gaarder said it best when he wrote “We don’t believe in the notion of God’s chosen people.  We laugh at this nation’s fancies and weep over its misdeeds.”  unfortunately, this brave man may end up in prison – speaking out against Israel (ie, “anti-Semitism”) is a punishable offence in the European Union.  so much for free speech…

if you wish to enlighten yourself on these topics, i urge you to read the following articles – knowledge is power, and all that.  the first is the ynet article and the second is about Jostein Gaarder.  the last two raise some questions about the recent “foiled terror plot” – namely “why is airport security making passengers mix explosive cocktails in the trash?” and “haven’t we seen this somewhere before?”

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