August 3, 2006

Same story once again...

Dean Barnett, on the media, Same Old Story...

In the last three wars involving the Free World vs. the Terrorists, the media have described each war with the exact same pathetically off-base narrative. It goes something like this:

PART I: Panic. We’re stuck in a quagmire! The obstacles are insurmountable! Victory is unachievable....

PART II: Ignorant second guessing of military strategy. And I mean “ignorant” here in a strictly non-pejorative sense. The people who were saying America’s plan to eliminate the Taliban was hopeless didn’t have the vaguest familiarity with either military history or modern tactics....

PART III: Self flagellation. This is the ugliest part of the narrative. Here, the focus shifts entirely away from the depravities of the enemy, both those achieved and those intended, and moves exclusively on to the damage done by the forces of freedom. A war photographer begins every day at a Gaza morgue to record the death poses of slain Palestinians....

PART IV: Whoops! Afghanistan was supposed to be the burial ground of empires. Whoops! Saddam could not be toppled without fierce block-by-block street fighting, the kind that American forces couldn’t do well at. Whoops!

And now the narrative is that Israel is doing poorly with Hezbollah.....[I've condensed all this; he's got lots more details.]

I actually think that these are not "three wars," but rather three campaigns in the same war. We've made a mistake in allowing leftists to define our terms here. We've allowed them to say that we are in a "war with Iraq," as if this were something with no connection to 9/11 or the general WoT. Even that Iraq is a "distraction" from the War (though al Qaeda obviously doesn't think so).

Anyway, it is fascinating to watch the media treating Israel the same way they treat America. And entirely appropriate. Israel is us. They are the one other country that built itself, out of the raw material of refugees from European religious and economic and political oppression.

Leftists hate Israel for precisely the same reasons that they hate America. Both are symbols of Judeo-Christian and capitalist values cut loose from the control of traditional elites, and showing by their success and alive-ness just how utterly false those elite ideologies are.

And leftists instinctively side with Arabs, even the most vile and brutal terrorists, because they are symbolically (and of course in reality) trying to preserve old dead tyrannies against the vigor of Israel and America. and, to a lesser extant, the Anglosphere in general.

It was absolutely predictable that the same people who think America has reacted too strongly to 9/11 also say that Israel has reacted "disproportionately" to unprovoked attacks and thousands of rockets raining down on civilian areas.

Posted by John Weidner at August 3, 2006 8:56 AM
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