Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Dr. Sanity makes the unfortunately necessary point that the mainstream media and the world's governments are not nearly as interested in civilian casualties in Lebanon now that only Arabs are doing the killing. Terrorists shoot at the Lebanese Army from behind a wall of civilians, and the Lebanese Army fires big guns into refugee camps that harbor terrorists. Many noncombatants get hurt and die. Where's the outrage? Gone with the Jews.
This is all further evidence for my oft-repeated view that the West's chattering classes have so much contempt for Arabs that they expect them to slaughter each other. That is also why they had so little regard for the Bush administration's policy of encouraging democracy in the Arab and Muslim world. They simply do not believe that Arabs can live up to Western standards of behavior, so it is not really news when they do not.
Note, by the way, that the silence of the pundocracy, the rest of the media, and the world's politicians cannot be blamed on the NGOs, as unbalanced as they may have been in last summer's war. Even Human Rights Watch, which picks on Israel every chance it gets, has protested loudly, but nobody cares.
This is slightly off topic, but this story reminds of an important point.
It always amazes me that the United States and Israel try so very hard to limit civilian casualties in military actions given that both nations get hammered no matter what happens. I fundamentally believe that the level of outrage from many of these quarters would be no different if the US and Israel actually did target civilians.
The fact that both nations try so hard to avoid such casualties - as any fair-minded observer would conclude - speaks very highly of the innate goodness that we share and is part of why our countries are natural allies.
I think even our European friends have trouble grasping / coming to terms with this because they have been colored by their far more brutal colonial histories (relatively recent history in some cases, e.g., Algeria).
In answer to the 12:44 Poster.
I am continuously astounded by the moral equivalence given by our own media to ations of our Military and that of our enemies.
A democracy needs a free an unbiased press to hold our leaders accountable. With few exceptions such as Fox News (Note not the editorial shows), and the Wall Street journal, an unbiased eye is sorely lacking.
Grey lady how far you have fallen...
wouldn't that be like...
racism to presume that arabs are incapable of living in democracies because they are too savage etal?
do they think it's a genetic issue?
or are they making a (rare) moral judgment by stating that arab cultures are not as good as democracies nor are they compatible?
If the Syrians hadn't been run out of Lebanon, how likely do you think it would be that a Syrian puppet Lebanese govt would be doing an action like this?
Next question - if we hadn't invaded Iraq, how likely would it be that the Syrians would have bugged out of Lebanon?