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February 27, 2013

Unique Palestinian Horribleness Turns Out to Be Neither Unique Nor Horrible

During Israel's Operation Cast Lead in 2009, about 1400 Palestinians were killed, including over 300 children. Thirteen Israelis died, including three non-combatants. Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic took that opportunity to be outraged by the unique horribleness of Palestinians:

we've all seen endless pictures of dead Palestinian children now. It's a terrible, ghastly, horrible thing, the deaths of children, and for the parents it doesn't matter if they were killed by accident or by mistake. But ask yourselves this: Why are these pictures so omnipresent? I'll tell you why, again from firsthand, and repeated, experience: Hamas (and the Aksa Brigades, and Islamic Jihad, the whole bunch) prevents the burial, or even preparation of the bodies for burial, until the bodies are used as props in the Palestinian Passion Play. Once, in Khan Younis, I actually saw gunmen unwrap a shrouded body, carry it a hundred yards and position it atop a pile of rubble -- and then wait a half-hour until photographers showed. It was one of the more horrible things I've seen in my life. And it's typical of Hamas. If reporters would probe deeper, they'd learn the awful truth of Hamas. But Palestinian moral failings are not of great interest to many people.

Meanwhile, this month in Pakistan:

Pakistan’s ethnic minority [Shia] Hazaras continued to stage a sit-in Tuesday, refusing to bury the bodies of scores of people killed in a bomb blast in Quetta Saturday.

The Hazaras, who practice Shia denomination of Islam, in Sunni-majority Pakistan and Afghanistan, blame the Pakistani government for its negligence in acting against Sunni extremism to contain the violence.

Saturday’s attack that killed at least 89 people and injured some 169 was carried out by a Sunni militant group targeting Hazaras on the outskirts of the southwestern city of Quetta.

About 4,000 women began the protest in Quetta Sunday evening, blocking a road and refusing to carry out the traditional ritual of burying the dead until action was taken against the perpetrators, AFP reported.

A local Shiite leader, Qayyum Changezi, told AFP that protesters “will not bury the dead until a targeted operation is launched.

I'm guessing that right about now a propagandist for Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, the Islamist terrorist organization that carried out the Pakistan bombing, is penning a screed about the unique horribleness of Hazaras, and wondering why the world doesn't pay attention to their obvious moral failings. And I'm sure this hypothetical Lashkar-e-Jhangvi guy is totally sincere about his outrage, just like Jeffrey Goldberg is about his. The best propagandists always are.

—Jon Schwarz

Posted at February 27, 2013 06:00 PM

A Pakistani guy at work told me about those Hazara protests. When he told me about it, I didn't decide that Hazaras are horrible, instead I decided that they are awesome protesters! I guess this is because I'm not a propagandist.

Posted by: atheist at February 27, 2013 06:22 PM

"What is the devil? It is a written book!" -- The Koran

Posted by: Lewis at February 27, 2013 06:40 PM

Interestingly, nobody has left a comment on Goldberg's post, yet there are (now) three here, which leads me to believe that nobody cares much about what he has to say.

Posted by: darrelplant at February 27, 2013 09:33 PM

nobody has left a comment on Goldberg's post

In fairness to Jeffrey Goldberg ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow it hurts, I think that 2009 post is from before when he allowed comments.

Posted by: Jon Schwarz at February 27, 2013 09:48 PM

Should we also mention Emmett Till's mother, who insisted on an open-casket service so the world could see what racists had done to her son?

Posted by: Duncan Mitchel at February 27, 2013 11:28 PM

Should we also mention Emmett Till's mother

Nice. Yes, her moral failings were not of great interest to many people.

There's a Joseph Goebbels quote from 1941 that's almost word-for-word what Goldberg wrote. It's really funny/horrible to see how propaganda always runs in the same grooves. Or maybe it's just something about people whose last names start with G.

Posted by: Jon Schwarz at February 27, 2013 11:48 PM

Nicely done, Jon & commenters.

Posted by: Linda J at February 28, 2013 01:15 AM

this is actually an awesome idea for warfare in general- the UN should declare an international law of war that both countries have to pile up all the corpses as the war proceeds and serially publish the pictures internationally- this may be the one radical idea that will finally end mass war! (although i heard it wasnt much of a deterrent in WWI...

Posted by: frankenduf at February 28, 2013 09:16 AM

It takes a real kind of scumbag to try to call out someone for trying to show the world the horrors they are living through. I suppose after 9/11 we should just never have mentioned it again and hid all the footage of the burning, collapsing tower and the 3000 people inside, instead of playing it as many times as possible on every channel in existence (remember how there was no channel left not either playing a feed of CNN, CSPAN, or carrying their own coverage of the events?).

Anyway, Goldberg is an ass who cares about one thing - the right of the Israelis to beat down the people they have occupied for decades without a peep of reproval from anyone - most especially those being massacred and beaten. This is pathological.

Posted by: gul at February 28, 2013 01:21 PM

gul: AGREED!

Posted by: Mike Meyer at February 28, 2013 07:11 PM

The PHRAZ THAT PAYZ here is "Rats in the sewer". Once the Palestinians are commonly described as "Rats in the sewer" by The Jewish People, then one can rest assured that the world turns and what goes around comes around.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at February 28, 2013 10:18 PM

"It's really funny/horrible to see how propaganda always runs in the same grooves."

They all have the same problem--members of group A are oppressing/killing members of group B, so members of group A have to point out the uniquely awful nature of the B group. Sometimes group B is also doing bad things to innocent A's--in that case it might be helpful if the propagandists from both sides just got together and divvied up the arguments.

Posted by: Donald Johnson at March 1, 2013 05:41 PM

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Posted by: Shardy at March 6, 2013 12:19 AM