Rush to Judgment
Within a few hours of the coordinated train bombings in India, last night National Public Radio News was quoting anonymous US government officials to the effect that Islamic separatists in Kashmir "with links to Al Qaeda," (of course) were responsible.
Beware of this "news" media tendency to act as an uncritical mouthpiece for official sources. By this means the all-important -and often mythological- first impression is indelibly stamped on spectacular crimes that, in the final analysis, may have been directed by the government itself. Without an independent investigation and a healthy distancing from official allegations (and that is how they should be presented by the media, as "allegations by the government"), these bombings become fantastic public relations bonanzas for the US government and its allied octopuses.
A revisionist article on how Orwellian Newspeak has been applied to the description of WWII history, which your editor penned twenty years ago, is now online free of charge:
After a brief hiatus, Rev. Ted Pike has resumed his regular practice of praising and promoting the devious Talmudic Rabbi Daniel Lapin. Is this writer the only one who glimpses the Trojan horse dimension to Pike's double-minded, good Christ-hating Talmudist (Rabbi Lapin)/bad Christ-hating Talmudist (Abraham Foxman), game? Excuse me, but this black op "good Satan" gestalt rots the brains of all who ingest it.
Ted Pike, "Email Alert," July 12, 2006: "Not All Jews Support ADL/B’nai B’rith. Many Jews vehemently disapprove of ADL Christian bashing. The most outspoken and well-known is Orthodox rabbi Daniel Lapin, head of the Seattle-based 'Toward Tradition.' Last summer during his program on the Trinity Broadcasting TV Network, Lapin warned millions of evangelical viewers that ADL/B’nai B’rith was in 'relentless attack on evangelical Christians."
Here is a brief digest of news concerning the Israeli invasion (not "incursion") in Lebanon, and the Israeli terror bombing of a house in Gaza.
From the NY Times July 12 2006:
The Israeli air force also dropped a powerful bomb on a home in Gaza City at around 3 a.m., saying it targeted senior Hamas leaders. But the blast killed nine members of the Abu Selmiya family, according to Dr. Juma Saqqa, the spokesman for Shifa Hospital, where the bodies were taken. There were visiting Hamas leaders in the house at the time of the bombing, but they escaped with only minor injuries, Palestinians said.
Nabil Abu Selmiya, a Hamas leader, was killed along with his wife, Salwa, and seven of their children, ages 7 to 18, Dr. Saqqa said. The Israeli air force also dropped a powerful bomb on a home in Gaza City at around 3 a.m., saying it targeted senior Hamas leaders. But the blast killed nine members of the Abu Selmiya family, according to Dr. Juma Saqqa, the spokesman for Shifa Hospital, where the bodies were taken. There were visiting Hamas leaders in the house at the time of the bombing, but they escaped with only minor injuries, Palestinians said. Nabil Abu Selmiya, a Hamas leader, was killed along with his wife, Salwa, and seven of their children, ages 7 to 18, Dr. Saqqa said.
From the Washington Post July 12 2006:
In southern Lebanon, Israeli fighter jets bombed five bridges in quick succession, effectively cutting off that region from the rest of the country. At least two Lebanese civilians were killed in one of the bridge strikes, civil defense officials said, and a power plant was badly damaged. Airstrikes hit the cities of Marjuyun and Kfar Shouba, and warships shelled roads connecting cities to each other.
...Early this morning, before the situation exploded in Lebanon, Israel expanded its military offensive in Gaza, dropping a quarter-ton bomb on a house in Gaza City. Israeli officials said they targeted the house based on information that senior Palestinian gunmen were meeting there to plan a terrorist attack.The huge explosion destroyed the house of Hamas activist Nabil Abu Salmiyeh, a lecturer at Gaza City's Islamic University, killing him, his wife and seven of their nine children, the Associated Press reported. Rescue workers said four people were still missing, and 37 were wounded, according to the wire service. The dead children ranged in age from 4 to 18.
From the Israeli newspaper Haaretz July 12, 2006:
From the force of the blast, the three-story structure collapsed, burying people under the rubble. The family killed in the strike was on the house's upper floor. Hamas activists said additional victims might be buried in the basement.
A neighbor, Safwan Amamour, 39, said he and his wife were cleaning their house next door when they heard a huge explosion, and he was hit by flying rubble. "No words can describe this destruction, this hellish damage, which I will remember for the rest of my life," he said.
...Abdel Asmeri, a Palestinian farmer, said he saw the (Israeli) forces advance about 700 meters into Gaza toward his village, near the town of Khan Yunis. Palestinians said that IDF (Israeli army) bulldozers were leveling farmland in the area....
...senior IDF officers called for an end to the restraint against Hezbollah and said Lebanon should be made to pay a heavy price.