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The Conversion of Lara Logan

Since being sexually attacked in Egypt, journalist Lara Logan now seems to recognizes that the real problems of the Middle East are not caused by the here and now of Palestinian suffering.
Lara Logan in Cairo

Lara Logan in Cairo

It’s been almost 2 years since the attack. While reporting on the Egyptian uprising CBS reporter Lara Logan was sexually assaulted and brutally beaten by a mob of angry Egyptians chanting ‘Jew, Jew’! She was so badly beaten that she had to be hospitalized.

Lara Logan was a typically liberal media reporter. The kind of reporter that tended to side with the underdog in any world conflict. So for example when reporting on the Israeli Palestinian conflict she would have probably focused on the plight of the Palestinians.

By implication of course that meant that the fault of Palestinian suffering lay at the hands of the occupying forces – Israel. She may not have ever spelled that out, but the implications of reportage like that is clear. And it is typical of the liberal mindset. They rarely if ever take history into consideration. They look at the here and now and say, “Fix it!”

But leaving out the historical context makes the truth disappear or seem irrelevant. But the truth of historical context cannot be over-looked. Ultimate justice depends on it. Without it, the guilty will prosper and the innocent suffer. The consequences of overlooking historical context are so evil and unjust – that after the fact even the most cynical observer will wonder how it ever happened.

I don’t recall seeing any of Ms. Logan’s reports after her traumatic experiences in Egypt. But in a recent public appearance in Chicago she wasn’t talking about Palestinian suffering. From the ChicagoSun-Times:

“There is this narrative coming out of Washington for the last two years,” Logan said. It is driven in part by “Taliban apologists,” who claim “they are just the poor moderate, gentler, kinder Taliban,” she added sarcastically. “It’s such nonsense!”

Logan stepped way out of the “objective,” journalistic role. The audience was riveted as she told of plowing through reams of documents, and interviewing John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan; Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and a Taliban commander trained by al-Qaida. The Taliban and al-Qaida are teaming up and recruiting new terrorists to do us deadly harm, she reports.

She made a passionate case that our government is downplaying the strength of our enemies in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as a rationale of getting us out of the longest war. We have been lulled into believing that the perils are in the past: “You’re not listening to what the people who are fighting you say about this fight. In your arrogance, you think you write the script.”

Our enemies are writing the story, she suggests, and there’s no happy ending for us…

Logan even called for retribution for the recent terrorist killings of Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and three other officials. The event is a harbinger of our vulnerability, she said.

Logan hopes that America will “exact revenge and let the world know that the United States will not be attacked on its own soil. That its ambassadors will not be murdered, and that the United States will not stand by and do nothing about it.”

I am not shocked by her conversion. They say (don’t ask me who “they” are) that a conservative is a liberal that has been mugged. I guess that is what has happened to Ms. Logan. Now instead of focusing on things like the plight of Palestinian “refuges” she is focusing on the greater truths of the Middle East.

She recognizes that the real problems of the Middle East are not caused by the here and now of Palestinian suffering. Although I’m sure she still believes that Palestinians suffer, that is only a part of the total picture. She now understands that the greater problem of the Middle East is Islamic fanaticism.

Besides her apparent new understanding of the reality of Islamic fanaticism – I would personally add that a very large portion of it includes a rabid religious hatred of the Jewish people. Something most reporters ignore or at best gloss over.

My reaction to this story is to say to Ms. Logan, “Welcome aboard.” “We could use a few more reporters like you.”

I only hope it doesn’t take any more violent sexual attacks to make it happen.

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About the Author: Harry Maryles runs the blog "Emes Ve-Emunah" which focuses on current events and issues that effect the Jewish world in general and Orthodoxy in particular. It discuses Hashkafa and news events of the day - from a Centrist perspctive and a philosphy of Torah U'Mada. He can be reached at hmaryles@yahoo.com.


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13 Responses to “The Conversion of Lara Logan”

  1. As an active member of the Republican Jewish Coalition, I encourage all Jews to vote responsibly, not patriarchally. Just because your relatives were devoted Democrats since FDR doesn't mean you have to follow. It wasn't on your birth certificate! Go to http://www.RJC.ORG and read the facts. Then vote! Mazel tov!

  2. Stephen Leavitt says:

    Good blog post.

  3. Chaiya Eitan says:

    What an awful way to have woken up to reality….but at least she did and I wish her well.

  4. אהובה ירבה says:

    They should never had send a woman there, when you look at the crowd , there are only men !
    and certainly not a blond girl with tiny jean and a t-shirt .
    Even under normal circumstances , women not clothing themselves in Islamic way are harassed in the streets .

  5. Maria Belaev says:

    Actually, she has ALWAYS been fair. The author of this should have checked Ms. Logan's pre-attack reports from any country, including the few she has from Israel. I had seen many… I am yet to see one that was not fair… The woman was always realistic and capable to think for herself. Liberal but not arrogant or blind… Far out liberals always accused her of being too concervative.
    In fact, from what I am seeing… the attack has NOT changed her views.. Which is very cool: she swore once that it will not change her, as it would give too much power to her attackers. She had always been a defender of the underdog, but she is not fixed in where she expects to see the underdog. I heard she really has an awesome personality too. I wish her well. I wish her very well.

  6. She was assaulted because she was blonde, young and white. Nothing else matter. Political correctness is nonsense, all blondes in Scandinavia get raped because they are blondes… That's something the Jewish person can't understand… because he is driving all the lies of political correctness. You told Lara Logan she was safe among them, so she didn't know better. She believed political correctness.

    Egypt since that day have turned into a "rape-cracy"… that was what the Medias said was about democracy. The reality was that the rape was all that would remain from the Arab Spring. It was the Rapist Spring.

  7. The Jewish Person understands how racist and ignorant you sound. There is no excuse for rape on any level. The fact that they rape blonde women in scandinavia doesn't mean its acceptable ????

  8. Secondly…. as for the Jewish Political correctness… When you are finished berating my people, I would appreciate if you could simply look at the province you live in. People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

  9. Btw next time you want to make an ignorant and prejudicial statement keep it to yourself.

  10. I've known you in real life Michael Stadtlander, if you don't remember me too bad, I do you. We known each others through the Port of Montreal.

    So let me answer you with a VERY CANADIAN song

  11. If you want more vain details, it's the stupid ass early Metallica. Am I Evil, yes I am.

    This one for men with pussies… you know… if you don't get our virility. Am I evil, yes I am?

    We Catholics are thankfully above this. We are not judaised like the feminized WASP. We are the NUMBER ONE HATE GROUP in the world, that is our Vatican you know, we are so scary. Accept Jesus or die, it's hard to digest right, Am I Evil, Yes I Am.

    You control all the medias, all the banks and all our politicians, but you need to kill us all you know, those with a mind to think you ****s, cause Jews are just **** juice as far as I get it, they are not cum. All cum is sexist and racist. Got to fear our sperm you ****.

  12. Anyway, you are JUICE, we are the ones that produce the mixer. So stop pretending you can make juice. You're just evil, cause you're juice.

  13. Anonymous says:

    'So for example when reporting on the Israeli Palestinian conflict she would have probably focused on the plight of the Palestinians'.

    'Probably'…what the **** does that mean?

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