Monday, January 30, 2006

Moral Equivalence

To compare:

Isrealis shoot dead two children in cold blood

10 year old girl collapses after heroin overdose

From the guardian-

“The nine-year-old girl's parents realised she was gone as they watched the election results on television. They do not know precisely what happened, but the Israeli army later said Aya was behaving in a suspicious manner reminiscent of a terrorist - she got too close to the border fence - and so a soldier fired several bullets into the child, hitting her in the neck and blowing open her stomach.
Aya was the second child killed by the Israeli army last week. Soldiers near Ramallah shot 13-year-old Munadel Abu Aaalia in the back as he walked along a road reserved for Jewish settlers with two friends. The army said the boys planned to throw rocks at Israeli cars, which the military defines as terrorism.”

And the reaction to these atrocities? The west’s response to unprovoked murder of children? Bugger all. They’re still too busy calling Hamas a terror organistion, still saying they have to renounce violence. Its things like shooting Palestinian children that ensure Hamas won’t renounce violence, because no other nation on earth would be expected to under the circumstances.
Whereas the reaction to the selling of heroin to a girl the same age the one shot dead for no reason at all is uproar. Rightly so as children really shouldn’t be given heroin, its pretty much accepted on both sides of the drug debate. But the fact that this story will get discussed endlessly, the dealers condemned and the death penalty called for whereas Israel will once again get away with murder. Worse than that it will continued to be seen as a civilised nation surrounded by the barbarism of despotic Arab regimes. No nation that can gladly shoot children can ever be called civilised. I would go as far to say it is a clear case of ethnic cleansing, what other excuse is there? It puts Israel up there with Sudan, which is also allowed to get away with mass death because it has the resources needed by greedy oil hungry nations, though in this case it is China. But at least Sudan is reviled and condemned, at least the world knows what is happening.

And also who classifies throwing stones as an act of terror? Its too fucked up for words.


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