The Death of Outrage
Vol: 28 Issue: 29 Thursday, January 29, 2004
Israel agreed to a controversial prisoner swap with Hezbollah in which they agreed to release more than 400 prisoners, including a number of them with Israeli blood on their hands, in exchange for two soldiers, and Israeli businessman and the body of another soldier.
Among those freed are failed suicide bombers, spies, terrorists who fired but missed their targets, and those who tossed Molotov cocktails and stones.
Not only Arabs, but two foreigners who planned to carry out suicide attacks on Hezbollah’s behalf are among the 435 prisoners released in the German-mediated deal struck with the Hezbollah in exchange for the return of IDF soldiers St.-Sgts. Benny Avraham, Adi Avitan, and Omar Sawayid, and businessman Elhanan Tannenbaum.
Israel released 460 prisoners, 31 of them from abroad, mostly from Lebanon. These were taken to a holding facility for final checks before deportation. Among them are Lebanese who killed or wounded soldiers in south Lebanon. Of those remaining, 371 are Palestinian security prisoners, to be released Wednesday, and 60 Palestinians held in administrative detention.
Once Israel agreed to the swap, and the prisoners were rounded up, put on buses and headed north, two things happened.
The first was that Israel learned that instead of trading three live Israelis and one dead one, they were trading for three dead Israeli soldiers and one live Israeli businessman.
It seems their Arab captors couldn’t help themselves and just HAD to kill the other two IDF soldiers. But they didn’t mention that little detail to the Israelis until AFTER the prisoner swap was agreed to and the press was notified a deal had been struck.
The terrorists rightly reasoned that, once Israel agreed to the deal, it couldn’t back out, even if the Arabs lied about what they were offering in trade.
The second event occurred even as the busloads of prisoners were headed to the Lebanese border.
A suicide bomber blew up a bus only fifteen yards away the prime minister’s residence. The blast killed at least ten Israelis and wounded at least fifty. As with such catastrophic attacks, the death toll and the number of wounded are expected to rise as the investigation continues.
Responsibility was claimed by the al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade, which is the military arm of al Fatah, the party founded and headed by Yasser Arafat.
Despite the fact that Hezbollah lied about the IDF soldiers being alive, and in spite of the suicide attack timed to coincide with the prisoner release, Israel went ahead with the deal, trading 400 prisoners for three corpses and one live Israeli civilian.
Oddly enough, few newspapers reporting the prisoner swap made any mention of either the fact the two soldiers being traded were actually dead, or that the swap took place concurrent to a new suicide attack against Israeli civilians in Jerusalem.
Neither did I find much information about the fact the bomber entered from Bethlehem. Bethlehem is only five miles from Jerusalem, is the only city fully under PA control, or that Israel has not yet extended its security fence to separate Bethlehem and Jerusalem.
Call me a stickler for details, but it would seem to me that all of that information is utterly relevant to the overall story. It seems more than curious that the BBC, for example, noted the bus bombing was a ‘likely retaliation’ for an Israeli operation in Gaza that killed five terrorists.
(Terrorists that the BBC called ‘militants’).
The BBC DID mention that the PA ‘condemned’ the bombing. ‘Condemned’ isn’t a word I would have used to describe the PA’s statement, since it merely noted the Palestinian attack was part of a ‘cycle of violence’ — which is a meaningless phrase, when you think it through.
Israel trades 400 prisoners for three dead guys, and that is a ‘prisoner exchange’. An Israeli military operation kills five terrorists, and the terrorists respond by killing Israeli civilians on a bus, and THAT is a ‘cycle’ of violence?
What would break this alleged ‘cycle’ of violence? Trading 400 prisoners for three dead guys wasn’t enough. And an attack against terrorists is reported as if it were morally equivalent to attacking women and children on a civilian bus.
If I, together with the rest of the world, hadn’t been undergoing a systematic conditioning process designed to redefine my sense of right and wrong, I suppose I would be far more outraged. But I’ve gotten used to it.
In the same way I’ve come to expect truth to be equally elusive when it comes to the Iraq war nonsense.
When Iraq weapons inspector David Kay finally got a chance to straighten out the rampant misquotes in the Washington Post and elsewhere that seemed to suggest he believed the administration lied, the Washington Post didn’t retract their story.
They ran a new story under the headline, “Kay Backs Outside Probe of Iraq Data” suggesting Kay was demanding an investigation of the administration. The Post claimed Kay ‘denunciated’ the ‘intelligence used to justify the war’ saying Kay caught the White House ‘off guard’.
Kay merely said that an investigation would put to rest all the lingering ‘questions’ — most of which came from the likes of Ted Kennedy and Carl Levin, who, unable to get Kay to say what they wanted, ignored his answers and instead made speeches including the answers Kay denied were true.
The Post now suggests the White House is lying still, saying that “even hawks who had backed the administration on Iraq said it is not credible for the administration to ‘deny’ that there was an intelligence failure.”
Once again, if I hadn’t been conditioned to expect to be lied to, I would be outraged. But I am not. Merely kerfluffled at how skilled the propagandists are, and how willing the masses out there are to be propagandized.
Think about it for a minute. The response to a one-sided prisoner swap by the Israelis is an unprovoked attack on Israeli civilians, and it is a ‘cycle of violence’. (I need a new dictionary. This old one is broken)
After months of blaming the administration for lying about the reasons for war with Iraq, when confronted with faulty intelligence, now the administration is ‘covering up’ by ‘denying’ there were any intelligence failures.
(Why would they deny what they’ve been saying all along? Which is that they relied on intelligence reports to make their assessments for war?)
Does anybody remember that the ‘intelligence failures’ convinced the entire Clinton administration of the same things the Bush administration claimed as its reasons for war? Or that the Clinton administration spent eight years gathering it before turning it over to Bush? Or that 9/11 sorta added to the sense of urgency?
While the other major players in Bible prophecy for the last days, like Europe, Russia, China and Africa continue to advance along the blueprint outlined by Scripture, the other major player, Israel, continues to be the butt of global condemnation, no matter how egregious the provocations are.
The United States, which is strangely absent from Bible prophecy, continues to destroy its own global credibility by agonizing over whether or not it was right to remove the most brutal dictator the world has seen since Hitler or Stalin?
At the outset of the first Gulf War, Europe was just beginning its efforts at unifying the old Roman Empire into a new and improved democratic version. The Soviet Union and the United States were still global superpowers.
When America won the Cold War, everybody liked us.
Ten years later, Europe is rapidly becoming our enemy, Russia is operating as an out-of-control criminal enterprise, and America is the most hated nation on the planet. The Arabs can do no wrong; Israel can do no right.
America’s most vocal critics are its own politicians. During the height of the Clinton scandals, Bill Clinton angrily remarked, “You can’t say you love your country but you hate your government.”
Ask any Democrat if they ‘hate’ the Bush administration. Log on to the Democrat-supported moveon.org website. Or, read some of the post Election-2000 Clinton/Gore quotes.
Clinton has since changed his mind. “Sure, you can love your country and hate your government” — [as long as your government isn’t me.] Just like you can claim to ‘support the troops’ — but condemn the war they are fighting and openly despise the government who sent them there.
“And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be REVEALED IN HIS TIME. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” (2nd Thessalonians 2:6-11)
“That he might be revealed in his time . . .”