Why have Christians and Jews become insignificant and
why have Islamists become a protected species?
Islam and Genocide
As observed in an article titled World Ignores Christian Exodus from Islamic World published by The Gatestone Institute on August 6th,
There have been house-to-house searches in Mali for Christians who might be in hiding, and people tortured into revealing Christian relatives. At least one pastor was beheaded.
It is to the media’s shame that those who slaughter, behead, crucify and displace people for no other reason than that they are Christian rarely get media coverage, while Israel, which kills only in the context of trying to defend itself from rocket attacks and terrorism, and not out of religious bigotry, is constantly demonized. [Emphasis added.]
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Most Christians have since fled. A one-minute video in Arabic of their exodus appears here—women and children weeping as they flee their homes—a video that will not be shown by any Western mainstream media outlet, busy as they are depicting instead nonstop images of Palestinian women and children.
The Syrian Orthodox bishop of Mosul said that what is happening to the Christians of Mosul is nothing less than “genocide… not to mention the slaughters and rapes not being reported… Forcing more than a thousand Christian families out of Mosul, and turning Christian churches into Muslim mosques, is equivalent to genocide.” Of course, the word genocide means to kill or make extinct a people. [Emphasis added.]
Others were not as lucky to flee. According to Iraqi human rights activist Hena Edward, a great many older and disabled Iraqis, unable to pay the jizya or join the exodus, have opted to convert to Islam.
How often has the United States been terrorized in the name of Christianity or Judaism? How often in the name of Islam? How often, in recent centuries, have Europe or the rest of the world been terrorized in the name of Christianity or Judaism? How often in the name of Islam? Has Islamic terrorism become so common that it fits the dog bites man – don’t publish standard? Have deaths — wrongly attributed to Israel as she tries to defend herself against those who have sworn to destroy her rather than to the use of human shields by Hamas, et al, — been so uncommon that they fit the man bites dog, put it on the front page standard? Or might it be something else?
Are the media blind, indifferent to regional reality or do they have a “progressive” Islamist agenda?
The “legitimate media” either don’t understand or prefer to
ignore distort regional reality, “progressively.” As noted in an article at Front Page Magazine by Robert Spencer titled The Media’s Silence to Hamas’ Genocidal Venom,
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) reported in July that “in light of the recent round of fighting in Gaza, the Hamas interior ministry has issued guidelines to Gaza Strip social media users for reporting events and discussing them with outsiders.” These guidelines included this unabashedly Orwellian instruction: “Anyone killed or martyred is to be called a civilian from Gaza or Palestine, before we talk about his status in jihad or his military rank. Don’t forget to always add ‘innocent civilian’ or ‘innocent citizen’ in your description of those killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza.” [Emphasis added.]
But the international media has been almost unanimously indifferent to how it is being played. Nor does it show much interest in the numerous reports of Hamas launching attacks against Israel from civilian areas, so as to provoke retaliatory strikes that can be used for propaganda purposes.
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In the midst of all this genocidal bloodlust, CNN hosted a debate on the Israel-Hamas conflict featuring not a supporter of Israel and a supporter of Hamas, but two venomous foes of Israel, Reza Aslan and Peter Beinart. With the slender space between the positions of Aslan and Beinart being the only spectrum of opinion allowed a mainstream hearing, it is a wonder that Israel enjoys the support that it does. Yet support for Israel among Americans remains high: like blades of grass poking through the concrete, some truths withstand even the most virulent propaganda barrage. [Emphasis added.]
Hamas’ tunnels for peace and prosperity
Israel has been destroying Hamas’ “tunnels for peace and prosperity,” built to help Hamas terrorize and destroy her. In the name of a lasting and progressive peace as envisioned by the “religion of
peace death,” Hamas, et al, demand that negotiations in Cairo focus on many things, including the reconstruction of Gaza for which unfettered access to construction materials and whatever else they may want will be needed.
Here is one of the many
crude Hamas tunnels now under Israeli control. If Israel vacates Gaza, will it and others first be destroyed, or left for Hamas’ future “humanitarian” use?
Why have the actions of Israel and Hamas, et al, been so progressively distorted?
The political winds have not shifted “in an ugly direction” against Islam and the “religion of
peace death continues to be favored by most who have long favored it. Yet the “legitimate media” continue to support progressive Islamist notions of “peace,” and to recoil in horror when Israel does even less than she rightfully could — and should — do to continue to exist. The Obama administration has followed suit. At times it has led, at least from behind, and the media have followed, perhaps to curry favor, to avoid characterization as “racist” or both.
An article at PJ Media titled Islamic State on the March; West Apparently Indifferent observes that
The Islamic State organization is continuing to make gains on both the Syrian and Iraqi fronts. The advance and consolidation of the jihadi entity which today stretches from Mosul in Iraq to the outskirts of Aleppo city in Syria is a development of profound importance for the future of the Middle East.
Global media attention has been focused elsewhere in recent weeks, of course. The Gaza war — which has changed precisely nothing — has been hitting the headlines. The real Middle East action, however, is taking place far from Gaza. The Islamic State is on the march. [Emphasis added.]
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The base of the Syrian Arab Army’s Division 17 fell. IS celebrated in the fashion for which it has become known by massacring 200 members of the garrison who failed to escape in time. A number of their severed heads later appeared on spikes in the city of Raqqa, capital of the Syrian part of the IS domain.
Since then, IS has turned its attentions back to Iraq. In recent days it has captured the towns of Zumar and Sinjar from the Peshmerga forces of the Iraqi Kurds. Around 200,000 people fled after the taking of Sinjar. Most were members of the Yezidi minority, an ancient non-Muslim group whom IS have designated “devil worshippers.” [Emphasis added.]
The capture of Sinjar brings IS to within 10 kilometers of the Mosul hydro-electric dam, the largest in Iraq.
The prospect of IS control of Iraq’s major dams is a chilling one. The Mosul dam holds back tons of Tigris River water which, if allowed to flow downstream, would cause mass flooding in Baghdad (though IS would need to think carefully before doing this, since populated areas under its control are also situated downstream). The coming days will see if the dam falls to the jihadis.
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Where is all this headed? As of now, the “Islamic State” is in the process of solidifying the rule of utter barbarism across a large swathe of the Levant. Christians are being systematically expelled from areas under IS control, or forced to accept a regime of institutionalized discrimination. The Kurds are uniting to begin a determined attempt to stem the northern advance of IS into the Kurdish regions of both Iraq and Syria. [Emphasis added.]
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Instead of focusing on this most urgent matter, the west is spending its time castigating Israel for maintaining a 1:1 ratio of military to civilian casualties in its recent operation against Hamas. Those whom the Gods wish to destroy, as the old saying goes, they first make mad. The west and all those who are allied with it should be worried indeed.
So who cares about the Islamic State? It’s just engaging in normal Islamist behavior and is therefore worthy of being ignored by the “legitimate media.”
An article at PJ Tatler titled British Cabinet Member Resigns to Protest Gaza Policy. Media Blame It On Everything But the Obvious notes that “Britain’s first ever Minister of Faith, Sayeeda Warsi, has resigned to protest Britain’s backing of Israel.” As Bryan Preston observes,
She’s a Muslim. Muslim attitudes toward Jews and Israel tend to be disapproving, to say the least. The fact that she has resigned over Gaza is pretty strong indication that she’s on Hamas’ side, not Israel’s.
That’s a story, or it would be to a genuinely curious reporter. A genuinely curious reporter would ask her what her specific problems are with the Cameron government siding with its ally against a group that is launching rockets at Israel’s civilians. A real reporter might ask her if she believes Israel ought to accept that threat, and if the British would be obliged to as well. [Emphasis added.]
“A real reporter?” In the “legitimate media,” they seem to have become almost extinct.
PM Netanyahu’s statement to the foreign press, You Tube, August 6, 2014