JWR: Is Israel Using ‘Disproportionate Force’


Just the cold, hard facts.

Forward to those who want them — and need them

Israeli population centers in southern Israel have been the target of over 4,000 rockets, as well as thousands of mortar shells, fired by Hamas and other organizations since 2001. Rocket attacks increased by 500 percent after Israel withdrew completely from the Gaza Strip in August 2005. During an informal six-month lull, some 215 rockets were launched at Israel.

Read the rest at jewishworldreview.com 

As I said in yesterday’s post regarding Israel and Gaza, if we want peace in the middle east then we should be supporting Israel.  Yet, I still am reading in the news today that people around the world and even in our own backyard are protesting Israel in seeming support for Hamas.  Where have the protesters against Hamas been hanging out for the last 7 years as Israel was getting fired upon almost daily? 

Military Recruitment Station target of IED

06cnd-timessquare3.337 I prefer my title over the NYT headline “Police investigate Times Square Explosion” Yes, it was an explosion, and yes it was in Times Square, but it was a recruiting station, so why not headline with that pertinent fact also? NYT didn’t hide the fact, just didn’t headline it.

The New York City police issued a statement at 7:33 a.m. describing the source of the explosion as an “improvised explosive device” and putting the time of the blast at 3:43 a.m. Subways and traffic are running normally through Times Square.

Even more tragic than lack of national support in our press, is the effect that digging around, for a few years, for the facts beyond the news has had on myself. For when I read that the target of the IED was a Military Recruitment Station, the first thing on my mind was not Islamic terrorists. The first though on my mind was the immense hatred that peace groups and veterans against the war have towards military recruitment and our government in general. So tragically my thoughts were on homegrown terrorists. A bit of tragic irony is that because the media generally doesn’t delve into the underpinnings of these groups, their audience won’t even know to consider peace groups as viable suspects.

The recruiting station — the third that has stood on the site since 1946 — has been the site of regular antiwar protests since the start of the Iraq war in 2003, although until today, the only major threat to the station seemed to come from pigeons.

I doubt that one lonely mention of antiwar protests will be enough to trigger public outcry for investigation into peace groups, or peace group member as possible suspects. If one truly wants to explore blind rage in America, then don’t miss the tirades of peace activists; you won’t be disappointed.

I should make it clear that this post is in no way an accusation or indictment of peace groups in this recruitment center bombing, I am just pointing out a few repercussions of subtle media bias. An interesting bias note is that Al Jazeera also reported this incident, but with the headline “Blast at US Army Recruitment Centre.” They did however end the article with a little local bias of their own.

New York has been on a heightened state of alert since the attacks of September 11, 2001, when hijackers crashed two passenger jets into the World Trade Centre, killing nearly 3,000 people.