Thursday, November 4, 2010

When is a terrorist not a terrorist?

When is a terrorist not a terrorist?  For the New York Times the answer is easy, when the target is Israel.  I read a disturbing headline in this morning's New York Times.  The article's headline reads "Israel Attacks kills a top Militant in Gaza."  Mohammed al-Nemnem is described in the first sentence as "A Palestinian leader of an extremist group inspired by Al Qaeda was killed in an apparent Israeli airstrike in Gaza City on Wednesday..."  The article continues "...(Al-Nemnem) had been personally involved in directing several terrorist attacks agains Israeli targets in recent years...and he was involved in directing a terror attack against American and Israeli targets in the Sinai Peninusla, in cooperation with Hamas elements in the Gaza Strip (according the IDF)."

This unidentified splinter group must be even more extreme than Hamas itself and the United States along with the European Union has already classified Hamas as a  terrorist organization.  If this is the case, my Talmudic reasoning would lead me to believe "how much more so is al-Nemnem's organizaion a terrorist one!" (ie kol vechomer)

The NY Times has no problem calling attackers who plot against America and Americans terrorists.  Just check out the Time Square bomber or the most recent intercepted bombs on route to Chicago and see what I mean.

Only when the target is Israel are these terrorists sanitized as militants.  In this case a rose by any other name just doesn't smell as sweet.  Let's call a spade a spade.

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