Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Followed by? Reports of Western liberals, making like human speedbumps to block the dozers? Angry crowds throwing rocks in protest? Pictures of weeping, toothless old ladies, and kids scavenging through the wreckage of their ancestral homes? The sound of European Compassion oozing out of every continental media outlet?
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - In a signal that he means business about fighting corruption, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas sent a bulldozer to destroy three Gaza beachfront houses being built on public land by senior security officers.
Palestinians, fed up with years of highhanded misdeeds by security officials, hailed the Monday operation as an important sign that the law applies to everyone.
No. Nothing. It happened, it was reported, that's fine.
Imagine a similar story. You may not even have to imagine it, it's probably sitting in google waiting for us right now, but lets just take this story, change a few words, and see if we recognize it:
Now I think it's easier to see how the rest of the article should go: condemnation, protest, outrage, mourning.
GAZA CITY, Occupied Gaza Strip - In a signal that he means business about fighting terror, Israeli leader Ariel Sharon sent a bulldozer to destroy three Gaza beachfront houses of "alleged" "terrorists" "responsible" for a recent "suicide" "bombing".
Israelis, fed up with years of atrocities by terrorists, hailed the Monday operation as an important sign that the law applies to everyone.
But nothing. So apparently, the world thinks its ok to bulldoze houses, as long as it's in the name of law, and it's Abbas who is doing it and not Israel.
This is great news!
Since Abbas has the right, and has demonstrated the ability, to destroy houses of those who break the law, Israelis should rejoice. Because now they no longer have to destroy the homes of terrorists themselves. Abbas, who is bound by the roadmap to fight terror, will surely take care of this himself from now on. After all, such an avowed terrorist fighter will certainly apply the laws against terrorism and murder at least as resolutely as those against building on public property.
Has anyone broken the good news to the Caterpillar protesters?
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