First, let me say that I’m in accord with Laurie’s sentiments below: indeed, there are many things perpetrated by the West with which we should be "outraged." I’m sure she would agree, however, that "outrage" is a two-way street, and that "outrage" is severely lacking in many other parts of the world.
It is rare that I agree with David Brooks, but his Op-Ed today is right on the money: why on earth are we blaming Newsweek for deaths from rioting in Afghanistan? Says Brooks:
They’re (the Administration) attacking Newsweek while bending over backward to show sensitivity to the Afghans who just went on a murderous rampage. Talk about the bigotry of low expectations.
Maybe we should all focus on what’s important. Newsweek’s little item was seized and exploited by America’s enemies in a way that was characteristically cynical, delusional and fascistic.
The people who seized upon this item, like the radical clerics in Afghanistan, are cynical in the way they manipulate episodes like this to whip up hatred and so magnify their own standing.
And in case we needed a reason to be disturbed at the shortage of "outrage" in the Middle East for the doctrine of hate, here’s a little snippet from a sermon delivered by Sheik Ibrahim Mudeiris, which ran last weekend on the Palestinian Authority’s official TV station:
"The day will come when we will rule America. The day will come when we will rule Britain and the entire world – except for the Jews. The Jews will not enjoy a life of tranquility under our rule because they are treacherous by nature, as they have been throughout history. The day will come when everything will be relieved of the Jews – even the stones and trees which were harmed by them. Listen to the Prophet Muhammad, who tells you about the evil end that awaits Jews. The stones and trees will want the Muslims to finish off every Jew."
A cautionary tale indeed for those of us who sometimes imagine the media/Israel/Rumsfeld are the real dangers in this world. By all means hold them to account (yes!), but don’t treat these fanatics as if "they can’t help it."
Where’s the Arab world’s "outrage" at the car-bombings in Iraq? If it exists at all it’s directed at America. Just what these people want.