Sunday, October 04, 2009

Selective Compassion:

Modernity Blog has a very pithy post about world indifference to the torments of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

When "Alan Johnston, the journalist, was held in Gaza for some 114 days..

Western media were full of stories about him, delegates of worthy citizens pleaded for his safe return, so many column inches were expended on his plight.

Compare that with Gilad Shalit, who was kidnapped from Israel’s territory during an attack in June 2006, pulled down a tunnel back into Gaza.

Held as a POW by Hamas, but afforded none of the rights, no visits, no Red Cross, etc.

Gilad Shalit’s family, until now, had no confirmation if he was alive or dead. No information was forth coming from Hamas, nothing, nada, zip.

After a brokered agreement by the Egyptians and Germans a video of Gilad Shalit and some letters were exchanged for 20 female prisoners in Israel’s jails.

Gilad’s captors, Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic resistance movement Hamas, even made him state how wonderful their treatment of him was, here’s a cached copy of their web site.

If you followed the Western media you’d hardly see anything about the Israeli solider, kidnapped, deny the basics under the Geneva convention, held in incommunicado for three and a half years.

Hardly a sausage in the media about Gilad Shalit’s treatment, yet plenty about Gitmo or even Abu Ghraib."

To steal a phrase from Bibi Netanyahu's UN speech: Have you no shame? Have you no decency?

In Canada, gallons of ink have been poured over the fate of Omar Khadr, this young Gitmo prisoner, a bit older than Gilad.

When Khadr was fifteen years old, he provided support to terrorism and allegedly threw a grenade that killed a US soldier.

When Gilad was 11 years old, he wrote a short story about an impossible friendship between a shark and fish who become friends and stay playmates even as their parents pressure them to remain enemies. In the end, the characters' friendship leads to peace between their species.

Canadian "Progressives" have been lobbying relentlessly to bring Khadr home, to restore him to his family, a family that actively supported BinLaden's efforts.

About Gilad, it was mainly silence and indifference.

Compare and contrast. Have they no shame? Have they no decency?


At 7:59 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even story writers in israel end up as soldiers and murderers. if he wa in another country or back home he may have persued a career in novel writing.
I guess when a soldier get kidnapped its a normal thing and doesnt deserve much attention. except ofcourse in israel.

I guess the world got no shame and decancy just like bibi and his vulgar cabbinet with lieberman and his likes who worked as a plumber

At 8:06 PM EDT, Blogger The Contentious Centrist said...

"...with lieberman and his likes who worked as a plumber"

So working as a plumber is shameful and indecent?

I'm so glad my blog attracts some of these Arab commenters who cannot help but reveal their deep seated Judenhass and class bigotry every time they open their mouth.

At 8:31 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

plumbers work as plumberers and thats the place of lieberman, when he insulted the egyption presedent he damaged the reputation of plumerers

At 9:17 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sorry for talking about irrelevent things but I want to share something usefull that I just read and maybe interisiting to you.

the book why jews are liberals...chapter 5. the enligtnemnt puzzel. says:

protest agianst the prosecution of jews..and especially agianst the inquestin, the enlightment bete noir-- became one of the standard set of pieces of eighteenth-century rhetoric.


so this relates to you saying that ink was wasted on talking about the prosecution of the muslim people you mentioned. because you are used to talking about the prosecution of jews only, gild in this case. so its and enlightend thing to talk about gilad, a thing that even if doesnt matters alot to you or brings prestiege to you.

ofourse its your choice about talking about the prosecution of jews...but you are not in a position to dictate to the world whats morale and whats not....its indeed un enlighting to talk about prosecution of other than the jews

At 9:30 PM EDT, Blogger The Contentious Centrist said...

Do you mean prosecution or persecution? The two are not the same.

At 9:37 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i mean persecution.

At 10:25 AM EDT, Blogger ModernityBlog said...

thanks for the link, I didn't think anyone would notice that quick post

but the Western media's attitude to their own kidnap victim and that of Gilad Shalit is really something, for me, it tells you something about the deep seated thinking amongst the West intelligentsia, an almost complete indifference to the fate of Jews.

At 1:45 PM EDT, Blogger EscapeVelocity said...

The double standard of coverage and concern is obvious. 20 prisoners for just a peep at Shalat. One group obviously values human life more than another.

OT, but Althouse sees anti Semitism in Michael Moore's new movie Capitalism: A Love Story.

The ultimate capitalist, making pro revolutionary socialist movies...with undercurrents of anti Semitism. Bout sums up the Western Left.

At 1:50 PM EDT, Blogger EscapeVelocity said...


Some thoughts on seeing "Capitalism: A Love Story."

At 3:03 PM EDT, Anonymous Marcia Miner said...

Great news. He looks no older than 16 years. What a relief for his family.

At 12:51 PM EDT, Blogger EscapeVelocity said...

At the UN, the Obama administration backs limits on free speech


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