Friday, February 10, 2006

.Krauthammer;s side-show oddity...

Krauthammer should have started his column today with "I'm going to bash a straw-man."

As much of the Islamic world erupts in a studied frenzy over the Danish Muhammad cartoons, there are voices of reason being heard on both sides. Some Islamic leaders and organizations, while endorsing the demonstrators' sense of grievance and sharing their outrage, speak out against using violence as a vehicle of expression. Their Western counterparts -- intellectuals, including most of the major newspapers in the United States -- are similarly balanced: While, of course, endorsing the principle of free expression, they criticize the Danish newspaper for abusing that right by publishing offensive cartoons, and they declare themselves opposed, in the name of religious sensitivity, to doing the same.

It's quite apparent as to why a CNN - or a Washington Post- might not publish "those cartoons." They've got potential hostages in places of the world, and it's bad PR for them to say "We're not going to publish those cartoons, because of our potential hostages.
Krauthammer acknowledges this at the end of his column (although he couldn't help slip in the lie "collaborators"). They've got a B-U-S-I-N-E-S-S to run, Charlie, and that's why they're not going to say what I just said (but they will publish nonsense from him, because to them, he's so far off the deep end...)

Yeah, I know there's virulent anti-semitism in non-Israeli media, and I also know there is extreme anti-Arab racism in Israel. Nobody there gets the truth, and I don't think anybody here does either.

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