July 31, 2006, - 9:39 am
By Debbie Schlussel
War is hell. People die. Some are innocent. Some are women and children. Some just so happen to be living right next to rocket and missile launchers aimed at women and children on the other side. And next to terrorist headquarters. In a Hezbollah stronghold too close for comfort to the Israeli border. And so, they die. That’s what happens in war. It is nothing new.
Israel has known dead children for decades. Jews have known dead children for thousands of years. Over the centuries, many of these dead children were murdered by Islamists. A Muslim man deliberately goes into a Jewish center in Seattle and deliberately shoots innocent people because he wants to target Jews. He is a “lone gunman,” a “disturbed, troubled” man. Not a big deal.
But Israelis trying to defend their country from missile attacks and accidentally hit “innocent” supporters of Hezbollah and martyrs-in-development next door. And THEY are the monsters. For mainstream media “reporters,” it is as if innocent children have never before been murdered. As if the children in Ma’alot in schoolbuses, slaughtered by Islamic terrorists never existed.
There is only thing that Muslims–and the media–seem to love more than dead Jewish children: dead Muslim children. It is a great marketing tool for recruiting more martyrs, enlivening a stale jihad, and unifying the base already so unified in their hate for Jews, Christians, and America. So, this weekend, in an accident, both Muslims worldwide and the media got what they wanted: dead Muslim children. The same dead children Muslims have no problem, themselves, sending to Martyrdom deaths. In this case, though, their lives were not as valuable to Islam because they simply died, without blowing up Jews along with them.
The media, too, found their holy grail. NBC’s Richard Engel seemed to have seen dead children for the first time in his life, this weekend. On last night’s NBC Nightly News, he thought of so many ways to describe dead Muslim kids’ bodies, one thought he was auditioning for the Pulitzer maudlin poetry prize. At least the bodies he saw were whole. Let him check out a Sbarro pizza shop in Jerusalem, Mayor’s Falafel restaurant and Mike’s Bar in Tel Aviv, a bus, or coffee house. Then, he could have added violently amputated and exploding limbs and some rolling heads to his woe-is-the-dead-children haiku collection.
From Dearbornistan to Pakistan, to places near and far from those, are Muslims truly angry that these kids died? Or happy that they’ve found their media turning point to, yet again, get the world against Israel?
Looking at Muslims protesting in Dearbornistan at the monument to two Qana deaths ten years ago, the last time Israel attacked the Lebanese town, it’s hard to tell. (Yes, you U.S. taxpayers paid for Islamofascists’ Qana monument in Dearbornistan.) Osama Siblani, the Arab American News editor, who last Thursday urged another crowd to have a moment of silence “for the martyrs” seemed happy that now his crowd gained some more “martyrs” to enliven their demon cause.
Late Israeli Prime Minister Gold Meir once said that there will be peace in the Middle East when Muslims and Arabs love their children more than they hate the Jews. We haven’t reached that day.
And likely, we never will.
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