UNclear on the concept

January 24, 2009

A crew of journalists were thrown out of a UN meeting, the topic of which was freedom of expression.

You can cut the irony with a knife.

 

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Cheering the bully

January 24, 2009

Irish writer Dennis Maceoin makes some excellent points in his Jerusalem Post column, both regarding Hamas as a stereotypical bully and the Western Left’s bizarre moral blindness when dealing with jihadist Islam:

Hamas is a bully aided by a bigger bully, Iran. And, just as strident and threatening human bullies get away with their aggression so long as no one calls their bluff, so Hamas has been getting away with murder and torture because the UN and many states won’t call its two-faced self-portrayal as the victim in the piece. In the struggle to take over Gaza from Fatah, it went on a rampage that killed hundreds of Palestinians. Even during this most recent assault, in early January, it executed Fatah members for violating their house arrest. A few weeks ago, Hamas determined to hurt yet more of its compatriots by introducing Islamic hudud punishments to the Strip, from amputations and stonings, to crucifixions and hangings.

As Maceoin further points out, like any bully Hamas continues to attack its victims when (and because) they refuse to fight back, and, when they do, it hides behind the weak — in this case, their own civilians and children.

Even more disturbing, because it rises from the very people who should hate everything Hamas stands for, is the hypocrisy of the Western media and the Left (but I repeat myself) that condemns the most human-rights conscious, democratic state in the Middle East and cheers the intellectual heirs of fascism:

In a bizarre reversal of all their commitment to human rights and the struggle of men and women for independence and self-determination, the European Left has chosen again and again to side with the bullies and to condemn a small nation struggling to survive in a hostile neighborhood. It is all self-contradictory: The Left supports gay rights, yet attacks the only country in the Middle East where gay rights are enshrined in law. Hamas makes death the punishment for being gay, but "we are all Hamas now." Iran hangs gays, but it is praised as an agent of anti-imperialism, and allowed to get on with its job of stoning women and executing dissidents and members of religious minorities. If UK Premier Gordon Brown swore to wipe France from the face of the earth, he would become a pariah among nations. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad threatens to do that to Israel and is invited to speak to the UN General Assembly

Israel guarantees civil liberties to all its citizens, Jew or Arab alike, but it is dubbed "an apartheid state"; Hamas, ever the bully, kills its opponents and denies the rest the most basic rights, but we march on behalf of Hamas. The Left prefers the bully because the bully represents a finger in the face of the establishment? Almost no one on the Left has any understanding of militant Islam. Their politics is a politics of gesture, where wearing a keffiyeh is cool but understanding its symbolism is too much effort even for intellectuals.

Maybe that last is the explanation, that the Left cares more about sticking it to their own governments than about the reality of what’s happening in the Middle East and the threat from jihadist Islam. Hamas and Israel exist for them only as convenient symbols, the latest banner to raise over their perpetual protest march against their own societies. Clinging bitterly to their adolescent anger, short-sighted in the extreme, they refuse to acknowledge the cold realities of the world.

Lenin would love these useful idiots.

(hat tip: LGF)