The Hatred That is Now Acceptable in the Mainstream PressThe Detroit Free Press ran a great piece by Mitch Albom. I'm linking to the reprint at Jewish World Review because the Free Press lets its links lapse. They're only temporary, unless you want to pay for the privilege of going through their archives.
It seemed such a ghastly trade, flesh and blood for two boxes of bones. Many criticized it. Some could not bear to watch it. But if anything showed the difference between Israel and Hezbollah in last week's exchange of two dead Israeli soldiers for five live prisoners and 199 corpses, it was not the trade itself.Because
It was the reaction.
. . . last week, after almost 30 years behind bars, Kuntar was allowed to go by the Israeli authorities. And on Wednesday, he walked down a red carpet in Beirut and was kissed by the Hezbollah leader and cheered like a rock star.Read the whole thing. It's very thoughtful, intelligent, and to anyone whose moral compass is intact, impossible to refute.
"Samir! Samir!" the crowd reportedly yelled. This for a man convicted of smashing a child's head into pieces.
You can take whatever side you like in the Israeli-Palestinian debate. You can argue who is entitled to land and statehood and borders.
But you cannot defend the frenzied lovefest that took place for Kuntar in Lebanon, as if he were some long-lost statesmen, instead of a common murderer who did the worst thing you can do: take the life of a child. What religion condones that? What holy book says that is a good thing? A banner in Beirut, according to the New York Times, read "G-d's Achievement Through Our Hands."
What G-d would have a child's murder on anyone's hands? How do people celebrate such a killer?
We know though, that some are horribly broken, pointing south instead of north. And not all of them live in the terror state of Gaza, or Hezbollah's haven, Lebanon. Some are right here in the United States.
The Free Press printed letters in response to Albom's column. I suppose it was a stupidly misguided attempt to present both sides, but besides printing letters in support of Albom, they printed letters from moral retards who were angry at Albom. They couldn't claim what Albom said was wrong, so they took the only angle of attack they could: Israel does it too.
But Israel doesn't do it. Israel works damn hard to try and protect its citizens from the Islamic death worshipers who surround them in the most non-lethal way possible. That didn't stop the Free Press from printing letters filled with anti-Israel blood libels, any one of which could have been disproven had an editor taken a few minutes to do some research.
There was a time, when these ludicrous claims against Israel would have been recognized as regular old Jew-hatred, and discarded without a second thought. Now, both sides must be given a forum, the good and the evil, the true and the false.
This is good journalism?