Monday, July 17, 2006

Two ambassadors, a journalist enabler, and a craven outsider

On The News Hour tonight, ambassadors from Israel and Syria (I thought Syria had nothing to do with the current situation) were interviewed for their perspectives (propaganda in the case of the Syrian) on the latest phase of the ancient conflict.

Israel's ambassador summarized the situation clearly, coherently, and accurately. Israel is fighting for its life, and the world must decide whether it will allow Iran to continue its propagation of Imperialist Islam (that means, traditional, Qur'anic Islam) or not.

The Syrian did nothing but repeat the standard series of lies against Israel including: Israel is occupying our land unjustly, Israel is massacring Lebanese, and Israel doesn't want peace even though we keep trying.

More shameful and disheartening than the Syrian's lies was his being allowed air time on an American, publicly-funded program to promote those lies. Even worse, Gwen Ifill--whose job as journalist and interviewer I thought was to challenge falsehood and promote truth--did nothing to expose the ambassador's treachery.

The next panel of guests began with the Washington Post's David Ignatius, who courageously began expressing his belief that it is not for an outsider to take sides on who is right.