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Tuesday, February 06, 2007


The atrocities now occurring daily within Gaza—kidnappings, hospital bombing, innocent children killed regularly, schools being invaded, firefights in the streets of so-called “refugee camps”—are examples of terrorist politics turned inward by two terrorist gangs, Fatah and Hamas, the elected representatives of the Palestinian people.

I’m curious … why has the media given these events such little play? Where are the heart-rending pictures (some doctored) of Palestinian innocents being killed coming from the NYT, the LAT, the Boston Globe, the AP, Reuters, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, etc., etc., etc? And where are statements of concern or condemnation from the human rights organizations—Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the UN commission on Human Rights, etc., etc., etc?

Guess there’s no story here. Guess the depraved Pali on Pali violence isn’t newsworthy, but every laughable “truce” gets a headline. After all, unless Israel is directly involved (and it isn’t) the above noted arbiters of morality and justice seem to go eerily quiet. There’s a message there someplace.

Update (02/09/07):

This morning, the MSM breathelessly reports that Fatah and Hamas have signed yet another truce, brokered by our friends the Saudis: Reuters reports:
Nizar Rayyan, a senior Hamas leader in Gaza, welcomed the agreement reached in Mecca but said Hamas shunned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's call for Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, who will form the new cabinet, to abide by previous peace accords.

"We will never recognize Israel. There is nothing called Israel," he told Reuters. "We, in the Hamas movement, will not abide by anything."

Hamas spokesman Ismail Rudwan said: "The recognition is not an option at all, is not discussible."

It was unclear if Rayyan and Rudwan were speaking on behalf of Hamas as a whole or expressing personal opinions.

Oh ... I'm sure it was just a personal opinion. After all, Hamas has been sooo "moderate" over the past few decades.

And then, the most interesting quote:
"We have agreed with the Saudis to market this agreement internationally. Our (Saudi) brothers are in constant contact with the Americans and Europeans," Hamas government spokesman Ghazi Hamad told Reuters.

Amazing, an honest statement! After all, marketing -- and nothing else -- is what this "truce" is all about.