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Monday, August 28, 2006

What Have You Done For Us Lately? It Seems Jpost Gets the Picture

As a follow-up to my earlier article on how Fox News has lost some respect in my eyes:
-The Jerusalem post has an excellent analysis of the media's actions during the past two weeks as the 2 Fox News journalists were being held captive in Gaza.
On August 14 a Fox News satellite uplink truck marked "TV" was ambushed on Omar al-Mukhtar Street in the heart of Gaza. Correspondent Steve Centanni and freelance cameraman Olaf Wiig were abducted.

Remarkably little attention was focused on the incident or the fate of the two newsmen until August 23, when a group calling itself the Holy Jihad Brigades released a 90-second video of the two and demanded the release of all Muslim prisoners in American hands.

The international community conducted itself with astonishing composure. The fact that two working journalists could be held captive within the bailiwick of the Palestinian Authority - which demands international recognition as a responsible and respectable body deserving of independent statehood - should have exerted massive pressure on the PA.

But nothing of the sort happened. Indeed the PA's obligatory denunciations of the kidnapping are taken at face value and the Palestinian Authority is absolved of any duty or culpability.
The latest Fatah concession is reportedly the dropping of the prerequisite that Hamas recognize Israel's right to exist. The assumption is that Israel will have to negotiate with a group which denies the very legitimacy of its existence by virtue of its coalition with Fatah, which would confer upon Hamas the superficial trappings of propriety. Hamas and Fatah in fact collude in the very same sham.

Hence neither PA President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah nor the government of Hamas's Ismail Haniyeh expended great effort to locate the journalists, much as they hadn't tried very hard to find Gilad Shalit, the IDF soldier abducted from sovereign Israeli territory.

The deception is obvious enough to the world's media and governments. Nevertheless, all choose to essentially keep silent rather than annoy Gaza's head honchos. Kidnap victims sometimes succumb to the Stockholm Syndrome, learning to love their captors. In this case, the international community and press seem to have developed this syndrome vis-a-vis the PA. No accountability or action are requested and no outrage is directed at the PA's blatant inaction.

Contrast that with the venom spouted at Israel for bombing Hizbullah's al-Manar television facilities. One might suppose that it isn't a terrorist mouthpiece but the paradigm of journalistic integrity.
-In the upcoming edition of The Weekly Standard, Lori Lowenthal Marcus gives proof that during Israel's fight against Hezbollah, UNIFIL forces were giving Hezbollah real-time intelligence information on IDF troop movements and locations while, at the same time, reporting vague information on Hezbollah's activities
DURING THE RECENT month-long war between Hezbollah and Israel, U.N. "peacekeeping" forces made a startling contribution: They openly published daily real-time intelligence, of obvious usefulness to Hezbollah, on the location, equipment, and force structure of Israeli troops in Lebanon.

UNIFIL--the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, a nearly 2,000-man blue-helmet contingent that has been present on the Lebanon-Israel border since 1978--is officially neutral. Yet, throughout the recent war, it posted on its website for all to see precise information about the movements of Israeli Defense Forces soldiers and the nature of their weaponry and materiel, even specifying the placement of IDF safety structures within hours of their construction. New information was sometimes only 30 minutes old when it was posted, and never more than 24 hours old.

Meanwhile, UNIFIL posted not a single item of specific intelligence regarding Hezbollah forces. Statements on the order of Hezbollah "fired rockets in large numbers from various locations" and Hezbollah's rockets "were fired in significantly larger numbers from various locations" are as precise as its coverage of the other side ever got.

-Finally, Dennis Prager has a very interesting article in which he tells us that "world opinion" is worthless
If you are ever morally confused about a major world issue, here is a rule that is almost never violated: Whenever you hear that "world opinion" holds a view, assume it is morally wrong.

And here is a related rule if your religious or national or ethnic group ever suffers horrific persecution: "World opinion" will never do a thing for you. Never.

"World opinion" has little or nothing to say about the world's greatest evils and regularly condemns those who fight evil.

The history of "world opinion" regarding the greatest mass murders and cruelties on the planet is one of relentless apathy.

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