Re: Macleod and the Destruction of Israel
- From: "Al Isinwundalan" <fenris@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2006 23:52:05 GMT
Firstly, strictly speaking, this question is wholly off-topic for
rec.arts.sf.written insofar as it has nothing to do with SF.
Well I think it is peripherally related to SF. As I mentioned I am
interested in the ideological convictions of authors who appeal to me.
Would you also criticize him for not having, in the course of a short
article, criticized the islamicist violence in East Timor, Hitler's
invasion of the USSR, and the price of cheese?
The blog article you're commenting on is specifically about the
spectacle of a modern mechanized army whaling the crap out of a
factional force inside another country that doesn't have any army to
I said bothered me about the essay and I also mentioned I just started
reading his blog.... Still I don't buy your analysis off the situation,
it strikes me as too simplistic. There seems to be other players in
involved--Iran and Syria proviking a situation etc. etc. Personally I
thought the Israeli response was restrained given the daily rain of
rockets. In strictly military terms the Israeli incursion struck me as
failure and propaganda victory for Hezbollah.
In any case, I went on to read the May 17th entries where Ken claims the
President of Iran never called for the destruction Israel. I'm not
and I don't really keep up with the news all that much, but didn't the
President of Iran claim some pretty outrageous stuff about the Holocaust,
not too mention actually calling for Israel's extinction?
President Ahminedjad's comments have been mistranslated, misrepresented,
taken out of context, and misreported extensively in the western media.
It's not terribly surprising, given the pro-Israel bias of the US mass
media, that the misreporting has slipped through into the public
consciousness, while the clarifications and retractions (by media
organizations) have quietly vanished.
Not that what you claim here couldn't be true, but do you have any evidence
of this mistranslation? Also couldn't one argue that many European papers
have an anti-Israel bias?
articles is not a fair sampling, but I'm just trying to get a handle on
ideological background. Is it standard fair for some European
to be anti-Israel?
It's more a case of the USA being startlingly pro-Israel, to the point
where (from over here in the UK) it looks like a case of the tail
wagging the dog -- no other country has the same ability to drag the US
in to engage militarily and diplomatically on its side.
Well there does seem to be something to that.
We also get a rather different view of the Lebanon invasion over here,
mostly because we get TV reports from Lebanon as well as Israel that
never make it onto the TV in the USA.
I thought NPR did a nice balancing act with the news coverage of this war,
but I'd only just returned from a long hiatus from the news networks.
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