Call it what it is: evil

Bret Stephens at the Wall Street Journal has a must read piece. (I first saw it at the Elder of Ziyon.) I want to focus on this extract:

“Treatises have been written about the media’s mind-set when it comes to telling the story of Israel. We’ll leave that aside for now. The significant question is why so many Palestinians have been seized by their present blood lust—by a communal psychosis in which plunging knives into the necks of Jewish women, children, soldiers and civilians is seen as a religious and patriotic duty, a moral fulfillment. Despair at the state of the peace process, or the economy? Please. It’s time to stop furnishing Palestinians with the excuses they barely bother making for themselves.

Above all, it’s time to give hatred its due. We understand its explanatory power when it comes to American slavery, or the Holocaust. We understand it especially when it is the hatred of the powerful against the weak. Yet we fail to see it when the hatred disturbs comforting fictions about all people being basically good, or wanting the same things for their children, or being capable of empathy.

Today in Israel, Palestinians are in the midst of a campaign to knife Jews to death, one at a time. This is psychotic. It is evil. To call it anything less is to serve as an apologist, and an accomplice.

Who are the accomplices?

The western media, for one.

Who are the apologists?

The western media for one.

Take this, from yesterday’s Independent, as one example:


The real story behind the (awful) headlines there:

  1. A civilian tried to interfere with the soldiers carrying out their duty.
  2. Every killer has a ‘human side.’ How is that relevant?
  3. Civilian casualties are an inescapable fact of war – as the UK, USA, and others have all too readily (and disproportionately) demonstrated. Talk about demonization.

It’s not politically correct to say it, but it’s true; these apologists and accomplices are consorting with evil.

(The Bret Stepehens piece is here, but there may be a paywall, so see it at the Elder’s site, here.)