IDF virtues slighted; Hamas sins sanitized....
First, top of the news: Tuesday's biggest item is that a major terror-tunnel attack was thwarted by the IDF. Hamas will have more chances to manipulate the sensibilities of Western opinion, as Israel prepares for a "prolonged campaign." Which will give SecState Kerry more chances to promote cave-ins to Hamas.
HAMAS YOU DON'T SEE. International media--including American outlets--rarely show scenes of Hamas beating civilians (3:25--warning, graphic & shocking) trying to vacate targets upon receiving Israel Defense Force (IDF) warnings to leave. WSJ pundit Bret Stephens sees this as making the case for barbarism. He calls it "the Palestine Effect: The abrupt and often total collapse of logical reasoning, skeptical intelligence and ordinary moral judgment whenever the subject of Palestinian suffering arises." For which he blames gullible news outlets:
Consider the media obsession with the body count. According to a daily tally in the New York Times, as of July 27 the war in Gaza had claimed 1,023 Palestinian lives as against 46 Israelis. How does the Times keep such an accurate count of Palestinian deaths? A footnote discloses "Palestinian death tallies are provided by the Palestinian Health Ministry and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs."
OK. So who runs the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza? Hamas does. As for the U.N., it gets its data mainly from two Palestinian agitprop NGOs, one of which, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, offers the remarkably precise statistic that, as of July 27, exactly 82% of deaths in Gaza have been civilians. Curiously, during the 2008-09 Gaza war, the center also reported an 82% civilian casualty rate.
When minutely exact statistics are provided in chaotic circumstances, it suggests the statistics are garbage. When a news organization relies—without clarification—on data provided by a bureaucratic organ of a terrorist organization, there's something wrong there, too.
Casualty numbers aired by the media are lopsided: Historical numbers show a 50-50 split between military & civilians; Hamas numbers are higher, the IDF's lower. Team Obama believes the terrorists. Supporters of Israel think otherwise. The Grid offers us 14 ways Hamas uses children, women & civilian structures as weapons. Hamas ruthlessly exploits what historian Victor Davis Hanson pinpoints as postmodern Western guilt.
IDF YOU DON"T SEE. Try to picture the Palestinians doing these....
Contrast this with Palestinian libels of the Jews.
Bottom Line. The Hamas video gives further evidence, sadly necessary in light of media sanitizing of Hamas's terrorism & brutality, as to the barbarians we fight.
What the IDF pictures show are the faces of civilization. Yes, our civilization is imperfect, as enduring imperfection is the human condition. But our war with Islamism is not a "clash of civilizations." Our enemies do not even indulge in the pretense of being civilized: they are a bizarre, atavistic, fanatical cult that thinks its votaries will win because they worship death while we worship life.
Thus the long war we find ourselves in--which, alas, we cannot unilaterally end save by the unthinkable path of surrender--is a war of imperfect civilization against perfect barbarism.
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