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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 SchwarzPosted at February 27, 2013 06:00 PM