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Tunnel Vision: Terrorists and the Media

Too many in the media fixate on finding fault with those who fight terrorists.

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Michael Widlanski

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July 24, 2014 - 12:05 am
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Whether in Gaza, Lebanon, Iraq or Iran, terrorists (and their tyrant backers) have moved underground, carrying out their operations in tunnels, literally digging under their enemies, waiting to blow them up or kidnap them.

That’s how Hamas abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in 2006.That’s how Hizballah grabbed the bodies of two soldiers and started a war in Lebanon in 2006.

This week they tried again.  Hamas sent teams of fighters (dressed in Israeli uniforms) into four tunnels from Gaza that came up not far from dining rooms of several kibbutzim inside Israel. They wanted to grab or kill as many civilians as possible. Terror groups in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan have similar goals.

For them, success means killing or abducting the enemy, grabbing a headline, not building anything. Hamas and Hizballah have not built anything but tunnels and bunkers. Al-Qaeda and its copy-cats have not built anything, not a road or one school. Most of the imported cement in Gaza has gone to line tunnels two or three miles long.

Terrorists fear facing Israeli forces or U.S., British or French soldiers in daylight.  They and the tyrants who aid them — such as Iran — work underground, literally.

Most Hamas attacks, most Hizballah assaults, and the bomb-making of Iran take place not just in the shadows, but literally under the ground. They fear Western “eyes in the sky” that allow countries like Israel and the U.S. to discover and stop terror smuggling and weapons development.

In some ways, too many journalists think like the Hamas maniacs in Gaza (Sunni Islam) and Hizballah’s homicidal hooligans in Lebanon (Shiite Islam). They have narrow tunnel vision, trying to grab an easy headline.

When it comes to terror, many in the media avoid the hard and dangerous work of investigating terror groups and focus almost monomaniacally on one thing: alleged bad behavior by the West/Israel in fighting terror.

The terrorists have their fixation on destroying something or someone (Israel, U.S., Britain, Western democracy etc.) and all too many reporters, editors and producers fixate on finding fault with those who fight terrorists.

That’s why  many journalists miss the story — and not for the first time.

In post-9/11-Iraq, many in the news media built a case that the U.S. went into Iraq and Afghanistan in order to torture Muslims. That’s a distorted view from the tunnel.

Here’s the big picture: the U.S. deposed a sadistic despot who gassed Iraq’s citizens and wanted to gas and bomb Israel and Iran. The US flubbed finding weapons of mass destruction, but that also happened in the 1991 Iraq war. Still, one thing is sure: Saddam used WMD, but he will not build any more bombs anymore.

Further tunnel vision: Many in the media focused on a few cases of U.S. alleged infractions at interrogation centers in Guantanamo, Cuba, and at Abu Ghraib in Iraq.

Here’s what really happened: most inmates got humane care, interrogators found Osama bin Laden, interrogators blocked several major terror plots (e.g. Bojinka, London, Los Angeles etc.), and the U.S. did something  unprecedented —  pushed a major Arab country on the road to democracy.

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Propagandists don't "miss" the true story, they abort it.

By now, EVERY interested party knows the facts. Terrorists intentionally use women and children as Israeli/American/Western targets. And, as Palestinian/Muslim shields.

NO reporter is ignorant of these facts.

Therefore, the reporting of "disproportionate" response is intentional distortion. That's not "missing" the facts...that's gang raping them.

That's not failing to get to the bottom of the real story, that's bearing false witness.


Because leftists have no ethics, no morals, no scruples and no soul...lying to their readers does not weigh on their conscience. They have no conscience.

They will achieve their goals exactly like the terrorists. By any means necessary. Lying, distortion, stealing, slandering, photoshopping, staging, treason...it's all "for the cause".

Holding out hope that Terrorist Style Journolism is going to find a soul is as futile as holding out hope that 7th Century barbarism is going to find a soul.

They are birds of a feather. We delude ourselves therefore by thinking their bedfellowship is odd.

There differences on women's rights and homosexuality are not as vast as their similarities. Totalitarianism, desire to destroy and overtake America, Israel, Western civilization, Judeo-Christians and free market, Constitutional, liberty loving peoples.

That makes them both mortal enemies of truth, freedom and liberty. And, of the defenders of those three things.

Destroying them is the answer. You cannot and will not convert them.
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The odd thing about journalists today is they are largely liberal, which means they tend to side with historic narratives regardless of actual events. Where the odd comes in is journalism is supposed to report events. The two are incompatible when one sees global colonialism and racism behind every event. In a very real sense, a given event didn't happen but instead was caused to happen.

We saw this again and again after 9/11 when many journalists never discussed the attack without a context of American foreign policy. Americans are never truly innocent and terrorists never truly guilty. That's because liberalism is not event-based but identity-based; that latter is its moral ethos, the new journalistic code.

The narrative lies in back of every story a liberal journalist tells. Context is fine but the context always jumps through the same hoops, such as mentioning Hamas is not a U.N. member and so hasn't signed any legal papers about not shooting rockets. That's a person who isn't telling a story but has a narrative to sell that's like an excuse note from teacher.

The narrative about Gaza is children are being killed, as if that's never happened in war before and shouldn't happen when hundreds of rockets are fired from one of the most densely populated areas in the world. In fact Hamas knows full well children will be killed in any retaliation. If they cared about children before they died rather than after they wouldn't shoot rockets.
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I can’t help but wonder how these supposedly objective journalists would react were HAMAS missiles falling on their neighborhoods. I’d imagine it would be a perspective restorer.

Concerning the tunnels and other terrorist penetrations of Israel proper: Israel has faced many temptations to become a “garrison state,” militarized so completely that normal civil society is displaced. That it hasn’t done so is one of the marvels of the situation. But then, Israelis generally are under no illusions about the threats around them. A very high percentage always go armed: the best imaginable defense posture against the diffuse threat of terrorism. It should be a lesson to Americans and our governments.
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I'm surprised that our commie media (especially, Mr. Ed and the other MSNBCers) haven't explained away these terrorist tunnels by labeling them as the initial phase of the Gazan underground high speed rail system.
21 weeks ago
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Winston Churchill said, "For many years now, you and I have been shushed like children and told there are no simple answers to the complex problems which are beyond our comprehension. Well, the truth is, there are simple answers, they just are not easy ones." Most of the mainstream media still believes they can hide behind claims of complexity. They demonstrate a gobsmacking lack of awareness that an internet exists which will allow the truth to surface and reveal their duplicity. Or are they just truly stupid? It's one or the other. The situation in Gaza is simple to understand and I pray the Israeli government this time will follow through on the simple but tough action needed to put an end to Hamas once and for all, in particular, to free the Palestinians of their oppressive masters. Meanwhile, I'll take the news in my pyjamas, please.
21 weeks ago
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The four kids in Gaza died probably after hitting a Hamas mine.
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Joseph Bottum explains in “An Anxious Age” that the left’s desire to be part of an elect is the motivation to stand up against what Bottum calls the six deadly social sins: bigotry, arrogance of power, corruption of justice for personal gain, mob madness and violence, militarism and class contempt. Members of the elect are not interested in old-fashioned sin (lying, cheating, stealing etc.) and are not interested in the values of other cultures since everything is relative and the people they want to impress are their fellow citizens.

This explanation, to my mind, makes clear why facts are irrelevant to the left but central to those on the right and why it is impossible to arrive at any conclusion with a leftie. As soon as you justify any act which exemplifies a social sin, you have become a devil, somebody who can be subjected to the modern versions of medieval punishments. These judgments are completely subjective, designed solely to confirm the leftie in his or her sense of being one of the elect.

If the leftie is a member of the media or a government agency with a bully pulpit, the cultural, political and economic damage can be devastating.
21 weeks ago
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Hamas terrorists are just plain cowards.
21 weeks ago
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I think Israel should pick defensible borders and then strip mine a perimeter buffer zone down to bare rock. The perimeter buffer zone would be unsuitable for life and almost impossible to tunnel under. The overburden from the strip mined area makes a nice line of high ground at the border that's easier to defend.
21 weeks ago
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Howard Stern made the news today, on drudge, by basically telling an anti Israel caller to F*** OFF.

About time that more in the media stop the moral equivalency that they liken those bombing Israel is the same as Israel striking back.

Have to remember that Viet Cong generals have been on the record that the Tet offensive was a huge milt
21 weeks ago
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150 Hamas terrorists in Gaza just surrendered to the IDF.

http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-150-hamas-terrorists-surrender-to-idf-1000957726
21 weeks ago
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If I could rate some of these comments higher, I would. Most on here, get it. Thank you PJMedia for putting out the truth! Our Western media (most) has become an arm of the terrorists, and democrat party, pretty much one in the same. Excellent writing on this story.
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It has occurred to me that one could place blame on the Western media for many Palestinian deaths. As we know those deaths largely are the moral responsibility of the Palestinian leadership and militant groups who deliberately place civilians in harms way to inflate the casualty numbers.

But I find it an interesting exercise to consider why, and what would happen if...?

Obviously, the point of killing your own people in this way is for propaganda purposes. It is the ONLY way one has a chance of success with the cards against you in such an unbalanced military struggle.

But propaganda is only effective if there is an effective way to communicate it. The western media is that channel. And it does a terrific job of doing so.

What would happen if the media stopped doing this and continually, when mentioning Palestinian deaths, placed them in context pointing out that they were deliberately endangered by Hamas or IJ?

I don't think you'd kill your own people in this way -- even insane terrorist groups (whose behavior is more rational than we give them credit for!) if you had no reason to believe your propaganda effort would succeed, or that it might even work against you. What would be the point?

So one can draw a pretty straight line between the Western media's handling of the story and the increased Palestinian civilian death numbers. They are creating a perverse incentive for the Palestinian leadership.
21 weeks ago
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An excellent comment, and to answer your question, it is because most of the media have become arms to the terrorists, so, there will be no 'what would happen, if's...' The media knows exactly what it's doing; destroying America, and any type of civilization on this planet.
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