There have been mass demonstrations all over the world to protest the deaths of Gaza Palestinian civilians killed by the Israeli armed forces. There were demonstrations in Paris and London, of course but also as far as Chile where the Arab population must be small. The media don’t seem to have reported much by way of protest in the Palestinian West Bank though. It’s only thirty miles from Gaza. There have not been comments that I know of in the press about this absence of what you would expect to be a normal reaction when your own close cousins are the victims.
As I write, it seems that 250 Gazans were killed in the new conflict with Israel. Somewhere between more then 100,000 and a little less than 200,000 wee killed in Syria. Think of it as a ratio:
There were no demonstrations to protest the deliberate mass slaughter in Syria. The Islamist extremists who are taking over Iraq assassinate at one sitting several times the number killed by Israelis in several days. The reason for the disparity of treatment by politically correct world opinion is clear:
Arabs killed by Israelis are much more dead that Arabs killed by Arabs; they are more deeply dead. (I know I am repeating myself; no problem.)
Incidentally, I don’t blame the current armed conflict on Sec. of State John Kerry’s months of negotiations with Palestinians and Israelis. I am convinced they had no effect, one way or the other.
Let me simplify: Someone shot a passenger plane out of the sky above or near Eastern Ukraine. There are only three possibilities about who did it: The Ukrainian armed forces, the Russian-speaking Ukraine separatists, the Russian military. No one accuses the Ukrainian armed forces. The separatists are unable to left a finger without active Russian military help. Therefore, the party responsible for the mass assassination of civilians is? Tough deduction!
All the continued media coverage is unnecessary. This is a simple story. Cowardice, that of Western governments and that of public opinion is what keeps this story on the front page. There is no court of law involved here such as exists in civilized societies. No one needs proof beyond any reasonable doubt except those who prefer inaction in the face of brutal aggression.
Much of the verbiage I hear on conservative radio and even in the mouths of elected Republicans about the new border crisis makes me wince. No, gentlemen, ladies 50,000 or 60,000, or even 100,000 children breaching our southern border are not going to sink the Republic. The practice must be discouraged for two reasons. First, the practice is dangerous and inhumane for the children. Second, it encourages more and the flood is potentially endless. In the short run, those who are here have to be taken care of well. That’s what this country is about. Caring for defenseless children is more central to the integrity of this nation than an impenetrable border (a pipe-dream any way). There, I have said what many are thinking.
Republican politicians who insist that the way to solve the unaccompanied children invasion crisis is to send the National Guard to the border are not thinking or they are criminally misinformed. The children don’t swim across the Rio Grande, they are delivered to the border. (Yes, there is such a thing as being criminally misinformed. I am thinking of the many leftist leaders who speak as if Israel were currently occupying Gaza, had been for the past few years.)
No one in the US press has yet to do the obvious: Send a reporter to ride the death train with the illegal immigrants between Mexico’s southern border and its norther border, its border with us. It’s another gross dereliction of duty.
This Republic turns out to be more of a monarchy than I would have thought: When the King is weak-kneed, there is a tendency for other parts of society to stumble.
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