Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Ok, look, I see pictures of crying children, and I feel their pain just like the next guy. Really. I've got little girls, and I can imagine the great sadness these two little kids feel at the loss of their poor, young brother. If you believe the Reuters report, the brother, Targ Yassen, was killed by Israeli troops in an ambush, just as Condaleeza Rice's efforts to shore up that fragile truce were ending.
But the truth, as anyone reading this blog is likely to know, is far, far from what Reuters has reported. Because the ambush in which poor young Targ was killed was not set by the IDF, but by Targ himself and his 'co-activist', Yahya Taha. Nor was this ambush set to attack the armed troops they despise. No. Targ's ambush, successful as it was, was aimed at causing a different, Israeli funeral, one not mentioned by Reuters:
These kids are crying, but don't worry, they will be consoled by their relatives. They'll be told that brave young Targ is in heaven, receiving his reward of 72 nubile virgins for the daring and noble slaughter of two grandparents in their automobile. And lest anyone should worry Targ's memory will fade away down here, by fortunate coincidence, a photographer just happened to snap a picture of the two brave young lads shortly before they were gunned down (what are the odds of that?):
Please don't think I'm angry at these two sad little kids, who've lost their grandparent-murdering brother. No, I'm angry at Reuters, who've lost their mind.