Monday, November 21, 2005
First of all, to any mother whose son truly was taken and imprisoned, fresh out of an after school program, you have my sympathy, and I believe ideally such wrongs should be righted. However, more than a few of these kids aren't only the sweater clad sweeties their mom's would have the camera believe. But if these mom's came out with the other photo's in their family albums, the ones they save for happier days, days of Allahu Akhbar and candy in the street and hastily packed suitcases to avoid the IDF's retailiation, well the camera would paint a different picture:
Most of these guys weren't at chess club. The mothers focus on their sons' preppy nice-boy photos, pretending their sons wouldn't hurt a fly -- or maybe not even a Jew -- only because they happened to get caught. When these same fine young sons don't get caught, when they carry out their murderous missions, these same mothers and sisters and brothers are out there with 8x10 glossy stills from the martyrdom videos, handing out sweets and celebrating.
But somehow a group of angry mothers protesting that their terrorist sons were apprehended before they could launch an RPG or strap on an explosive vest, well, that's just not very photogenic. And Reuters has a knack for photogenic.
[Note: Photoshopped realizations of less photogenic protest possibilities are not showing pictures of the same 'boys' as the originals. I am obviously (over)generalizing, and not claiming knowledge that any individual pictured is not actually in chess club.]