The MSM’s reluctance to call the Gaza civil war a civil war . . . because the Gaza meltdown doesn’t fit the tired media narrative that sees America as ‘”breeding terrorists” in Iraq and the conflict in the Palestinian territories as the result of Israeli oppression. . . . The idea that virulent Islamist fundamentalism is spawning crisis after crisis across the globe, crises which cannot be ignored or retreated from, is alien to folks whose agenda journalism is driven by BDS.
The Israelis withdraw completely from Gaza and it becomes a launching pad for rocket attacks against sovereign Israeli territory and itself a lawless land where violent factions fight each other. Civilians are caught in the crossfire. Islamicist gangs target those using computers (for unapproved purposes) or anyone else who may be acting contrary to their interpretation of the dictates of their faith. They seem to have forgotten the flourishing Islamic civilization at the turn of the last millennium where there was a great respect for a variety of ideas, including those of different cultures. And where great Islamic cultures debated the meaning of their faith’s sacred texts.
The Palestinian people are those who suffer the most. As would the Iraqi people were we to abandon our project there and let radical militants and their terrorist allies (with similar ideologies to the Palestinian factions) attempt to govern that troubled land.
Some on the left — and in the MSM — think we (the West) are to blame for the radicalism of the Islamicists. The Gaza story — of subjugation and civil war — tells a different story.
The West did not make the Islamicists radical. Their own poisonous ideology did so. And it does so by ignoring much of the rich history, traditions and customs of the faith to which they swear allegiance.
What is it about the MSM that they seem to see every problem as created by Western actions — why they can’t seem to understand the evil of our enemy? Not only does that enemy threaten us, but its followers tyrannize their own peoples. They’re the ones blowing up mosques and attacking the Muslim faithful making pilgrimages to sacred sites — or otherwise observing the rites and traditions of their faith. And they’re the ones subjecting Muslim civilians to live in societies governed by a narrow interpretation of sacred scripture.
Perhaps the real civil war in Gaza — as well as the ongoing violence in Lebanon — will serve as a reminder to the MSM and the Democratic party of the nature of our enemy. Should the Democrats fail to understand what’s at stake, they may well find themselves losing yet another presidential election.
UPDATE: Just to see how bad it is in Gaza, AP reports today (06/14) that as Hamas captures Hamas facilities, instead of offering mercy to their fellow Palestinian Arabs (or even taking them as prisoners, they are executing them, often “as their wives and children watched.”
UP-UPDATE: In his New York Post column, Ralph Peters pretty much sums about the attitude of the left mentioned in this post: “Meanwhile, back home, the get-out-now crowd pretends that, if only we pull out our troops, Iraqis will magically settle their internal grievances (presumably, the way the Palestinians have).” And adds:
The left doesn’t care how many Iraqis die, as long as President Bush can be humiliated. Four years ago, the neocons fantasized about a post-Saddam Age of Aquarius. Now the Murthacrats insist that, once we bail out, Atlantis will rise from the Tigris and Euphrates. The willful naivete is identical. The only differences are the timing and who gets blamed.
(Via Real Clear Politics.)
Just read the whole thing. He offers some serious criticism of the president’s past policy in Iraq.