Saturday, July 26, 2008

Bulldozer as WMD?

The highly-charged news of a Palestinian driving a bulldozer as a weapon lights up the TV news like a flashbulb from those old cameras. In fact, every attack on an Israeli receives much more attention than the other way around. Obviously the Israeli lobby is larger than the Arab one.

Apparently the life of a Palestinian is worth less than that of an Israeli. Odd how every society has their repressed minority group whose lives are not as valuable as the majority ethnic group. The shocking meeting of Jesus and 'that Samaritan woman' at the well was an abomination to the Jews of his time. It seems that historically, as one reads the Bible, the Jewish people are often at odds with their neighbors: Hittites, Egyptians, Assyrians to name a few I remember.

Yesterday, the Israeli paper Haaretz offered an interesting historical look at the Caterpillar Wars of the Palestinians and the Israelis. Author Gideon Levy reports that Israel is the hands-down winner of this battle of destruction. He writes, "The claim that terror has adopted an original new weapon, a "new fashion" as the public security minister put it, once again shows how convenient it is for us to present a one-sided and distorted picture." He refers to the 2nd incident of a Palestinian wielding a bulldozer as a WMD.

It is heartening to know that this author, this newspaper, can present a non-biased look at the Jewish state and present both sides of the argument. Here in America, we seldom get the Palestinian side of the story. Deaths of Israelis receive large columns and photos whereas Palestinian deaths barely get print space.

The brave author goes on to write:

" Let us forget for a moment the 416 villages Israel wiped off the face of the earth in 1948 - that was before there were D9 bulldozers - and focus on a more modern fashion. In Israel's hands the bulldozer has become one of the most terrifying weapons in the territories. The only difference between the Palestinians' murderous bulldozer and the Israeli bulldozer is in color and size. As usual, ours is bigger, much bigger. There is no similarity between the small backhoe the Palestinian terrorist was driving and the fearsome D9 driven by Israel Defense Forces soldiers."

The concluding paragraph of this piece speaks loudly:

"The Palestinians discovered the bulldozer quite late. What is good for us is good for them. And how do our security experts propose to fight the new fashion? By demolishing the houses of the terrorists. With bulldozers, of course."

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