Wednesday, November 01, 2006

1-Nov-06: Dark Clouds Over Gaza

Here's a laconic statement emanating from the spokesperson's office of the IDF this morning:

IDF forces have begun operating in the town of Beit Hanun, in the northern Gaza Strip. The operation is directed against terror organizations in the town and its goal is to disrupt and prevent the launching of Qassam rockets into Israel. Terror organizations have launched over 300 rockets into Israel from the Beit Hanun area since the beginning of the year.

No one knows at this stage whether this latest fighting in the Beit Hanun area or elsewhere in the Gaza Strip is going to be localized, or will spread beyond. Israeli society has little desire or appetite for another war, but most Israelis - and very few people outside Israel - recognize that the day-to-day bombardments from Gaza of never-occupied, never-disputed Israeli towns, cities, settlements and homes constitute an intolerable situation.

Three hundred rockets since 1st January 2006... where else in the world can you imagine a situation like that? No sane government or community would tolerate it. But over there on the other side of the fence, the government (some of the time, that means Hamas; some of the time, Fatah) not only don't stop it. They actively feed the flames, and provide it with an ideological and theological foundation. They're up to their eyebrows in premeditated murderous acts of terror on a daily basis, and don't deny it.

And the international media, never keen on interpreting events that might - Heaven forfend - place Israelis in a sympathetic light as victims, have done a first-class job of ensuring that very few people outside this region know the real reason why Israeli service personnel are now blowing up houses, roads and tunnels and placing themselves in harm's way.

As we never tire of explaining, this makes the members of the international media (editors, reporters, photographers, managers) complicit in the deaths and injuries that stem daily from ongoing terror.

1 comment:

Gharqad Tree said...

Yes, the all-too familiar pattern repeats itself: media silence when Palestinians launch rockets, attempt to send human bombs into Israel, dig tunnels for the smuggling or deployment of illegal weapons; but indignant reporting of Israel's attempts to end the violence by disarming the terror cells. The BBC dutifully repeats the claims of Abbas and Haniya that the latest raids constitute a 'massacre'. Seven deaths; as far as I can tell, all of them combatants, and one of them an Israeli. Is something being lost in translation here, or do Abbas and Haniya really think that any death which Israel causes, directly or indirectly, deliberately or otherwise, can be described as 'a massacre'?

Perhaps it's an example of what psychologists call projection. In their mental worldview Abbas and Haniya have no concept of accidental civilian casualties; every Israeli civilian who dies is another target hit, another objective achieved. They simply have no mental concept of accidental civilian casualties, so they project this mindset onto Israel too; thus every Palestinian casualty is the result of an intent to massacre civilians, thus the stockpiling of illegal weapons is to defend the Palestinians against those Jews and their intent to commit ethnic cleansing and shed innocent blood in the Middle East.

Something about the Jewish people seems to inspire projection in their vilest enemies. Hitler too was given to enormous and blindingly obvious projection: the Jews were 'scheming to plunge the world into war', whereas in reality Hitler was, the Jews were seeking 'the destruction of Germany', whereas in reality Hitler ordered Germany dismantled when it failed, Roosevelt was the 'greatest war criminal known to history' according to Hitler.

Projection. There has been no massacre, but there would be, there would be a massacre if Abbas and Haniya had the strength or the capabilities of the IDF.