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Write to the Daily Mail

4 August 2006

This is without doubt one of the worst commentaries you will read during the Lebanon crisis, by Richard Littlejohn in today's Daily Mail, entitled "The civilian casualties are awful but Israel is fighting for its existence." It does not border on racist - it totally crosses the line!

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The commentary can be found at the following link, but below are extracts with AMW comments in capitals (please do not simply copy and paste AMW comments or this will result in identical letters which will be discarded by the newspaper).

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/newscomment.html?in_article_id=399003&in_page_id=1787

"Islamonazis are sophisticated propagandists and they know they'll find a gullible audience in the civilised world for their carefully-strewn teddy bears, strategically-placed 'Baby Milk Factory' signs (in English) and wailing widows from central casting."

"Have you ever noticed how every time a coalition air strike goes astray in Iraq, it always manages to hit a 'wedding party'?"

"Why is there only ever one child's shoe in the rubble, never a pair? There always seems to be a broken medicine box, too, with a handy red cross - never a red crescent, mind you - on the lid, just in case we haven't got the message."

"Credulous CNN correspondents and handwringing BBC reporters fall over themselves to sign up for the Hezbollah guided tour of the ruins."

TO CLAIM THAT ALL THIS DEATH AND DESTRUCTION IS FOR SHOW IS DISGUSTING.

"I use a rough rule of thumb whenever I watch television coverage of the Middle East. Anyone who pronounces Hezbollah as 'Hiz-bull-arrrgh' and Israeli as 'Izza-ra-ay-lee' is almost certainly telling lies."

HE IS BASICALLY SAYING THAT ARABS ARE INSTINCTIVE LIARS.

"The bien-pensant buzzword used to describe Israel's bombing is 'disproportionate'. But what's 'proportionate'? Are the thousands of rockets fired at genuine civilian targets in Israel 'proportionate'?"

"What would 'world opinion' consider an acceptable death toll before acknowledging Israel's right to retaliation and self-defence - 1,000? 10,000? 100,000? 1,000,000?"

"Hezbollah has started a war it knows it can't win in the certain knowledge that there will be civilian casualties. Its stated aim is to kill as many Israelis as possible and if innocent Lebanese get caught in the crossfire, tough."

"These fanatics have little or no regard for human life. Their tactic is to hide among civilians; to use terrified women and children as human shields; to deploy school playgrounds as rocket launch sites; hotels and apartment blocks as command centres; homes as weapons dumps; mosques as air-raid shelters."

THIS ISSUE OF HUMAN SHIELDS IS A MYTH. PLEASE SEE:  

http://www.arabmediawatch.com/amw/CountryBackgrounds/Lebanon/MediaMyths/HumanShieldsShieldingtheTruth/tabid/322/Default.aspx

"I've heard reporters referring to Hezbollah as a 'resistance' movement. They love it, don't they? Just as they insist on calling terrorist murderers 'radicals' or 'militants' - as if there's no difference between Al Qaeda and Aslef train drivers on unofficial strike."

WELL HE TALKS AS IF HEZBOLLAH AND AL QAEDA ARE THE SAME!

"What they never point out is that if Hezbollah didn't exist, there would be nothing to resist. Israel is the Tony Martin of the Middle East, lashing out in fear and frustration after enduring years of provocation."

WHAT HE DOES NOT POINT OUT IS THAT HEZBOLLAH DID NOT EXIST UNTIL ISRAEL'S INVASION AND OCCUPATION IN THE 1980S.

"The United Nations hasn't lifted a finger to stop Iran and Syria supporting and supplying a standing terrorist army in Lebanon. There are no sanctions against the barking mad president of Iran when he constantly threatens to wipe Israel off the face of the earth and is hell-bent on obtaining nuclear weapons."

WHILE THERE IS THE THREAT OF SANCTIONS LOOMING OVER IRAN, ISRAEL FACES NO PUNITIVE ACTION WHATSOEVER. IN FACT, ISRAEL IS VIOLATING UN SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS 481 AND 487 OF 1981 FOR FAILING TO PUT ITS NUCLEAR FACILITIES UNDER IAEA SAFEGUARDS:

http://www.arabmediawatch.com/amw/CountryBackgrounds/Palestine/UNresolutions/NuclearWeapons/tabid/253/Default.aspx

"Iran has put Lebanese civilians in the front line of its lunatic war against Israel and the U.S. in particular and Western civilisation in general. So where's the international condemnation?"  

"Listening to 'world opinion' has got Israel nowhere. It was told it should trade land for peace. So it did. It got war. Israel pulled out of southern Lebanon six years ago. Hezbollah boasts that it has spent that time preparing for this fresh assault, building tunnels and bunkers and stockpiling a deadly arsenal of 13,000 weapons, which it is now raining down on Israeli civilians."

ACTUALLY, HEZBOLLAH HAS SAID MORE THAN ONCE THAT IT WAS SURPRISED BY ISRAEL'S REACTION. AND ISRAEL FOR YEARS SINCE ITS WITHDRAWAL HAS FLOWN WARPLANES OVER LEBANON, CREATING SONIC BOOMS AND CONDEMNATION FROM THE UN. A FEW YEARS AGO, IT THREATENED WAR OVER A RIVER PROJECT IN LEBANON.

"There are hourly calls for a ceasefire, but when Tel Aviv suspended bombing for 48 hours the response was a record number of Katyusha rockets fired into Israel in return."

THIS IS AN OUTRIGHT LIE. ISRAEL'S SELF-DELCARED 48-HOUR CEASEFIRE DID NOT LAST A DAY. ACCORDING TO NEWSWIRES, ON THE SAME DAY IT DECLARED THE CEASEFIRE, IT KILLED A LEBANESE SOLDIER BY NAVAL FIRE, AND ITS WARPLANES STRUCK THE VILLAGE OF TAIBE. THAT SAME DAY, HEZBOLLAH FIRED ONLY 2 MORTARS AND NO ROCKETS, AS OPPOSED TO 156 ROCKETS THE PREVIOUS DAY. AFP NEWSIRE SAID THE HEZBOLLAH LULL WAS IN "RECIPROCATION" TO ISRAEL'S BRIEF CEASEFIRE.

"Lasting peace has only ever followed total victory in war. Even if Israel and Hezbollah/Iran agree to walk away tomorrow, we'll be back here again in a few years."

ONLY A JUST PEACE IS LASTING. IT WAS AN UNJUST PEACE AFTER WW1 THAT LED TO WWII.

"Then there's the Palestinian question. Again, even though Israel ceded territory in pursuit of peace, terror attacks and kidnappings on Israeli soil have continued."

ISRAEL "CEDED" TERRITORY THAT DID NOT BELONG TO IT, AND GAZA IS STILL TECHNICALLY OCCUPIED BECAUSE ISRAEL CONTROLS ACCESS INTO AND OUT OF IT AND HAS EFFECTIVELY BLOCKADED IT FROM THE OUTSIDE WORLD, CREATING A HUMANITARIAN DISASTER. IT HAS ALSO CONTINUED TO BOMB GAZA SINCE ITS WITHDRAWAL. FOR THE FACTS, SEE:

http://www.arabmediawatch.com/amw/CountryBackgrounds/Palestine/PeaceProposals/DisengagementPlan/tabid/250/Default.aspx

"There's talk about dusting off the old 'road map'. Israel accepts there will have to be a two-state solution, but the only 'road map' of the Middle East its enemies will accept is one without Israel on it at all."

RUBBISH. THE ARAB PEACE PROPOSAL, ENDORSED BY ALL 22 MEMBERS OF THE ARAB LEAGUE, WHICH CALLED FOR FULL PEACE IN RETURN FOR A FULL WITHDRAWAL FROM ARAB LAND (IN LINE WITH UN RESOLUTIONS AND INTERNATIONAL LAW), WAS REJECTED BY ISRAEL. SEE:

http://www.arabmediawatch.com/amw/CountryBackgrounds/Palestine/PeaceProposals/SaudiPeacePlan/tabid/236/Default.aspx

"Meanwhile, spare a thought for the Jewish community in Britain. They're as distressed by the carnage as the rest of us and there are divisions over Israel's actions. No one wallows in the death of innocents - except, of course, Hezbollah and its Iranian puppet-masters."

"This time of year, there are 15,000 British Jewish teenagers in Israel on the traditional summer rite of passage. And there are 30,000 British passport holders living in Israel."  

"Although we had wall-to-wall coverage of grumbling British passport holders being evacuated from Beirut, there doesn't seem to have been equal concern about our fellow citizens under bombardment on the other side of the border."

PERHAPS BECAUSE THE SCALE OF DESTRUCTION IS TOTALLY UNEQUAL.

"What struck me about the recent pro-Israel demonstration in London was the number of Union flags in the crowd. These are our people."

AND WE ARE NOT? AGAIN, RACISM.

"I didn't notice any Union flags at the Stop The War rally, though there were plenty of 'We Are All Hezbollah Now' banners. It doesn't seem to dawn on them that if you want to stop the war you've got to stop Hezbollah."

"But what drives most of these 'peace campaigners' is not so much a desire for peace as a hatred of Israel."

"Every time something goes off in Iraq we're told it will radicalise young Muslims back in Britain. We hear that Tony Blair's failure to call for an immediate halt to the Israeli offensive has put us at imminent risk of another Islamist homicide attack on our streets."

"Despite the Hezbollah war on Israel and the mounting casualties - and the widespread condemnation of Israel in this country - I've yet to hear anyone warn that young British Jews are queueing to blow up themselves and hundreds of others at Brent Cross shopping centre."

"I repeat, this war is awful. The civilian deaths are a tragedy."

"But there won't be peace in the Middle East until the likes of Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas recognise Israel's right to exist."

WHAT OF PALESTINE'S RIGHT TO EXIST, AND THE RIGHT OF ISRAEL'S NEIGHBOURS TO EXIST IN PEACE?

"And, I'm afraid, this side of kingdom come, that just ain't gonna happen."

"Israel may be losing the propaganda war, but it isn't fighting a propaganda war - it's fighting a real war for its very existence."

HERE WE GO AGAIN - THE REGION'S ONLY NUCLEAR POWER, WITH ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL ARMIES, BACKED BY THE WORLD'S ONLY SUPERPOWER, FIGHTING FOR ITS EXISTENCE AGAINST A MILITIA OF A FEW THOUSAND MEN.

 
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