A World Turned Upside Down, Part 2317
Lost amid the news coming out of Japan was the story of the brutal murder of Udi Fogel, his wife, three-month old daughter, and three and eleven year old sons in the West Bank by Palestinian terrorists.
One of the reasons you may not have heard of the story [unless you make Fox News you main TV news source] is that this incident does not further the narrative of the Left, which is: ‘Israel evil, Palestinians good’. Where the Leftist MSM has deigned to cover the story, they have, like The New York Times, blamed the Israelis and their actions for creating an atmosphere that has promoted such actions by the ‘poor, oppressed Palestinians’.
Melanie Phillips, writing at The Spectator blog gets it exactly right:
What must be emphasised however is that, quite apart from the open calls to genocide of the Jews by Hamas, as Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has said the “wild incitement” by the Palestinian Authority against Israelis, perpetrated without remission through its educational materials, in its mosques and on PA-controlled TV, is directly to blame for creating the incendiary atmosphere of hysterical and fanatical hatred that gives rise to such savagery.
And it’s not only Hamas. It is also us — us Western liberals who somehow manage to turn a blind eye to such butchery. “Responsibility for the evil atmosphere which incites such pogroms does not rest solely with the Arabs of the PA or Hamas,” Phillips observes. “It must also be laid at the door of those left-wing Israeli and western journalists and intellectuals who are obsessively egging on these Jew-hating exterminators. . . . The Arab incitement is simply not reported by the western media.” Item: the murder of the Fogel family came just days after a West Bank Palestinian youth center announced a soccer tournament named after Wafa Idris. And who is Wafa Idris? Why, she’s the first female Palestinian suicide bomber. She killed an 81-year-old man and injured more than 150 other Israelis in 2002. Hadn’t heard about her? Neither had I until Melanie Phillips linked to the story. The Palestinian Authority, another story reports, “has repeatedly presented Wafa Idris as a hero and role model, naming places and events after her, including a summer camp for youth funded by UNICEF, a Fatah women’s military unit, a university students group for Fatah members, a Fatah course, and more. There have been public demonstrations and songs on PA TV to honor her.” How would you feel about honoring Timothy McVeigh, perpetrator of the Oklahoma City bombing, with similar accolades?
One of the main goals of the Left has always been to sow discord in the world. It is only in a situation where Chaos of some sort reigns that they come riding in like
white multi-colored knights to ‘save the day’ because, when people are not caught up in the swells of the chaotic seas, they realize that steady-as-she-goes is what’s best for us all.
Terrorists have buildings named after them and enjoy warm receptions at The White House. Elected Officials who try to competently manage the public fisc are subjected to death threats against their families. The ‘Leader Of The Free World’ cavorts and makes common cause with brutal dictators while snubbing long-standing, freedom-loving allies. Fighters for freedom and liberty rot in gulags across the world while cop-killers and thugs are celebrated, fought for, and feted. Truly, we live in an age when the world has turned upside down.
If buttercups buzz’d after the bee
If boats were on land, churches on sea
If ponies rode men and if grass ate the cows
And cats should be chased into holes by the mouse
If the mamas sold their babies
To the Gypsies for half a crown
If summer were spring
And the other way ’round
Then all the world would be upside down
One quibble with what Mr. Kimball wrote: What do you mean by ‘us Western liberals’, Kemosabe? I am proudly unliberal.