The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match-up.
“It is a crime to lie to the public, to twist public opinion to insane lengths in the service of the vilest death-dealing machinations. It is a crime to poison the minds of the meek and the humble, to stoke the passions of reactionism and intolerance, by appealing to that odious anti-Semitism that, unchecked, will destroy the freedom-loving France of the Rights of Man.” – Émile Zola, J’accuse! (1898)
“If it bleeds, it leads.” – News Director Bill Applegate, WNEV-TV, circa 1980
“Think of the press as a great keyboard
on which we can play.” – Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Information Minister
This week’s winner, Bookworm Room’s J’accuse! The Western media has the blood of Gazan children on its hands is an absolutely superb vamp on Émile Zola’s famous piece, as she turns her scintillating style to use in applying one of life’s truths – that is isn’t just the criminal who stands guilty, but his or her enabler. Here’s a slice:
At a military level, Hamas’s advantages in the war with Israel are minimal. Its rocket strikes were ineffectual against Israel because of the Iron Dome missile defense system. In the ground war, it is certainly able to kill Israeli soldiers (most recently, three died in a booby-trapped UN building), but ultimately Israel has both the overwhelming fire power and technology that will enable it to destroy Hamas’s weapons caches and tunnels.
Because of Israel’s military advantage, she could and would win the war against Hamas if only she were given enough time to do the job. You see, time is the one thing Israel lacks. Unlike all other nations warring against a savage enemy intent upon committing mass murder against her citizens, Israel is being pressured from every corner to lay down her arms, to bend down, and to take it.
Why is this? Why is a nation that is stable, free, pluralist, and humanist being urged to surrender to a terrorist group that is tyrannical, genocidal, misogynistic, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, and homophobic?
The answer is simple: Hamas has the ultimate weapon of mass destruction — its own children or, as I like to call this weapon, the Dead-Child WMD.
Hamas uses its children in two ways. Alive, they deter Israel; dead, they inflame the West. It is this second effect that triggers worldwide demands that Israel lay down her arms as she seeks to destroy rockets that fire and her homes, schools, hospitals, and civilian airports, and that she stop destroying the tunnels that were readied to facilitate a terrorist attack on Israel that would easily have rivaled 9/11 in its destructive power.
In utilizing its Dead-Child WMD, Hamas understands that Israel is a nation that values life, not just the lives of her own citizens, but the lives of all the innocents trapped in a terrorist madhouse. To that end, the IDF will immediately call off a rocket strike on a known Hamas arsenal and rocket launch pad if it sees even a single child (or, indeed, any civilian) in the area.
The problem for Hamas is that planting rockets in schools, playgrounds, and hospitals only defers pinpoint Israeli strikes, it doesn’t stop them. Israel will either try again when there are no visible civilians or it will eventually make the soul-searing decision that, if it is to save its own children, sometimes it will have to take action that harms Gazan children.
With regard to the West, Hamas’s use of its Dead-Child WMD is even more cynical and much more effective. Hamas has figured out that, when ignorant people, unaware of the real nature of the combatants in this war, see pictures of dead children, they will automatically cast Israel as the bad actor. In this scenario, Gaza – which freely elected the tyrannical, genocidal, brutal, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, misogynistic, homophobic Hamas to govern it – is transformed into the hapless and helpless victim of a predatory Jewish nation.
Of course, any WMD is useless if it just sits there. It requires a delivery system. Fat Man and Little Boy would have been merely decorative if it wasn’t for the Enola Gay. Hamas also requires a delivery system for its Dead-Child WMD. Without that delivery system, the Dead-Child WMD is useless. If you’re a death cult, dead children are just one of those things.
So who or what is the essential delivery system for the Dead-Child WMD, without which the WMD would be inoperative? Again, the answer is simple: The Western media has become an indispensable part of the Dead-Child WMD by becoming that weapon’s delivery system.
It’s the Western media that hungers for Gazan snuff films. It has an insatiable desire to fill its pages and screens with pictures of little corpses, of screaming children covered with blood, and of wailing women and children huddled around small, still bodies. This mentality demands a steady supply of dead bodies, the more heart-wrenching and disturbing the better. Put another way, the Western media is complicit in the death of those Palestinian children because, without its endless demands for more images showing small, bloodied bodies, the Dead-Child WMD would instantly become completely useless.
Much more at the link.
In our non-Council category, the winner was Roger L. Simon of PJ Media with Welcome To The 1930′s submitted by Nice Deb . It is a superb comment on what appears to be Déjà vu in one very disturbing aspect. It will move you – do read it.
Here are this week’s full results:
- *First place with 3 2/3 votes! – Bookworm Room – J’accuse! The Western media has the blood of Gazan children on its hands
- Second place *t* with 1 2/3 votes – The Independent Sentinel – U.S. History Rewrite Takes a Dark Left Turn
- Second place *t* with 1 2/3 votes – The Right Planet – Flashback: Anarchy USA
- Third place with 1 1/3 vote – Nice Deb – Obama’s Coup D’Etat Scheduled To Take Place After Summer Vacay and Labor Day Weekend Golf Extravaganza.
- Fourth place *t* with 1 vote – The Colossus of Rhodey – Why Schools of Education Are a Waste of Time
- Fourth place *t* with 1 vote – VA Right! – How These ‘Green’ Groups Convince County Administrators to Harass People Like Martha Boneta
- Fourth place *t* with 1 vote – Joshuapundit – Gallup:Israel’s Critics Are Younger, Less Educated And Informed, And Mostly Democrat
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Simply Jews – Gaza myths and facts: what Peter Beinart wouldn’t tell you
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote – The Glittering Eye – My Questions About the Ebola Outbreak
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Rhymes With Right – Yes, Anti-Zionism Is Anti-Semitism
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Ask Marion – Calling All Grandparents… Where Are You?
- First place with 2 1/3 votes votes! – Roger L. Simon/PJ Media – Welcome To The 1930′s submitted by Nice Deb
- Second place *t* with 1 2/3 votes – Jonah Goldberg/NRO – Tampering Tinkerers of Capitol Hill submitted by The Independent Sentinel
- Second place *t* with 1 2/3 votes – Michelle Malkin – The DREAMer and the nightmare: Illegal alien teen charged in brutal murder of USC engineering student from China submitted by The Noisy Room
- Second place *t* with 1 2/3 votes – The American Interest – Why They Fight: Hamas’s Too-Little-Known Fascist Charter submitted by The Right Planet
- Second place *t* with 1 2/3 votes – Thomas Sowell – Is Thinking Now Obsolete? submitted by The Razor
- Second place *t* with 1 2/3 votes – Brett Stephens/WSJ – Palestine and Double Standards submitted by The Watcher
- Third place *t* with 2/3 votes – Derek Hunter/Right Wing News – An Open Letter to the Political Right submitted by Rhymes with Right
- Third place *t* with 2/3 votes – Mick Hartley – We Have No Problem With Death submitted by Simply Jews
- Third place *t* with 2/3 votes – Tara C. Smith/Science Blogs – Ebola is already in the United States submitted by The Glittering Eye
- Third place *t* with 2/3 votes – Max Boot/Commentary – National Defense Panel’s Bombshell Report submitted by The Watcher
- Fourth place *t* with 1/3 vote – Christopher Hill/ Daily Star – The West Needs a Strategy for Arab Dissolution submitted by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD
- Fourth place *t* with 1/3 vote – Caroline Glick – Fighting without silver bullets submitted by Joshuapundit
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