This was written in 2002, when Ariel Sharon ordered the Israeli army into Gaza. To bring this article up-to-date, you only have to change “Sharon” to “Netanyahu”, “PLO” to “Hamas”, and “Arafat” to his Hamas disciple.
April 5, 2002
LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
Unfortunately, much media coverage of events in the Middle East is based more on per-determined notions than actual events. Biased conjecture has replaced hard facts until repetitive sloganized fiction has become the idiom of NBC, CBS, National Public Radio, and public television. This is highlighted by their steadfast refusal to differentiate between terrorism and counter-terrorism, and the ensuing reverse logic imparted is misleading public opinion.
With this line of reasoning, Prime Minister Sharon’s incursion into terrorist strongholds has been branded “state terrorism” and Arafat’s suicide bombers’ carnage as a expression of the legitimate rights of the Palestinians to defend themselves.
America’s population is 50 times that of Israel’s Jewish population today. Thus, in proportion, Israel’s losses in dead from suicide bombers alone is more than three times ours on September 11th. Therefore, simple logic would justify Prime Minister Sharon pulling 3 times as many feathers out of the PLO’s goose as President Bush has hitherto pulled out of the Al-Qaeda gander.
This justifiable logic runs contrary to many media editorials. For them, it is imperative and pre-conditional that Israel first lose the ground war in order to get a fair shake in the media war. According to the media, Prime Minister Sharon should have mobilized the Israeli reserves and used them to surround shopping malls, bus stations, teenage discotheques, bat mitzvahs, Passover seders, restaurants, and pizzerias. And when he ran out of troops, and the Nobel Prize Laureate Arafat hadn’t yet run out of Israeli civilian targets, perhaps the Jewish Lobby in Washington could convince Congress to mobilize and send in the AARP to guard all the other targets that Palestinian terrorists deem legitimate.
America’s interests are completely divergent from those advertised by the media’s harebrained and illogical anchormen. To win our War on Terrorism we need allies who themselves are not terrorists, and not to build new terrorist entities on the bones of our true and trusted allies, such as Israel.
On the contrary, logic dictates that we instead build reliable allied entities on the bones of terrorist countries. Iraq, Iran, and even Syria have large Kurdish populations. They, unlike the Palestinians, are an ancient people without a homeland. And unlike the Palestinians, they were our active allies in the Gulf War. There are three times as many Kurds as Palestinians. The creation of an independent Kurdistan would be another sword at our side. The media’s choice of an Arafatist Palestine, on the other hand, would put a knife in our back.