Televised images of Israel's recent defensive operation in Gaza suggest cruelty and indiscriminacy. In fact, exactly the opposite is true. By deliberately placing young Arab children in the front lines of armed mobs that march with lethal intent upon Israeli soldiers, it is Palestinian leaders who openly commit violations of the law of war.
It is of singular importance to remember that under Saddam Hussein - in the very same prison now being scrutinized by the American authorities - rape, murder, cutting off of limbs, and whatever tortures the ingenuity of a technologically advanced society could devise, was a daily occurrence. The whole world knew of this Arab-on-Arab torture. Yet not a peep.
Kerry Would Follow Powell: Once again the John Kerry presidential campaign has provided a disquieting glimpse into the kind of thinking that to Democrats equals strong support for Israel. Appearing over the weekend on CNN's "Capital Gang," senior Kerry campaign adviser Tad Devine stated that "the difference" between Kerry and President Bush regarding the Israeli-Palestinian imbroglio "is understood very clearly. When Bush became president of the United States, he turned his back on the Middle East peace process....Until we have a president who is capable of exercising presiden tial leadership...the United States will not be a player in the peace process."
What sort of "freedom fighters" applaud the close-range murder of a pregnant Israeli woman and her four young daughters? There is only one correct answer: Palestinian terrorists. There is, in fact, no other insurgent movement on this persistently bleeding planet that can begin to compare with Arab/Islamic terror. From the standpoint of sheer barbarism, of a primal evil that mocks any human pretension to being a civilized "resistance," no other movement even comes close.
Putting aside that "settlements" are neither illegal nor comparable to terror, the notion that Sharon is involved in a "massive building of settlements" is absurd.
The people from Christians for Israel, meanwhile, could not understand how Jews could applaud the brutal murder of eleven innocent people.
While most of the world outside of Washington and Jerusalem chooses to ignore calls identifying Palestinian terrorism as attempted genocide, international law has an unswerving and renewed obligation to do so.
Every so often the Monitor features media criticism by the sharp-eyed folks HonestReporting.com. This is one of those weeks. The following article from the HonestReporting website highlights a particularly egregious example of anti-Israel bias on the part of the Canadian Broadcasting Authority.
The Washington Post spoke for the foreign-policy establishment when it editorialized that "Bush compromised the ability of the United States to serve as mediator of a final settlement.... The result is a blow to U.S. standing in the Middle East."