The old moral equivalency problem. Yesterday Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes called Israeli counter-terrorism measures as part of a “vicious circle of violence.” Today Foreign Ministry Director-General Aaron Abramovich “rejected out of hand” those comments saying, “Expressions such as these creates an analogy between the terrorists and those who are defending themselves against terror.”
The only surprise in this exchange is Abramovich’s surprise. To equate Israel’s defensive moves with Hamas’ terror is just another example of how morality has been with replaced with liberalism in the worldwide diplomatic corps and the media (if Bill Hemmer calls it tit for tat one more time I am going to have to shove my XM Radio where the sun doesn’t shine).
Joel Mowbrey describes it perfectly: “The coverage of the [recent] ‘violence’ has largely read like the equivalent of a chess match. Hamas refuses to halt suicide bombs. Israel targets a top Hamas leader. Suicide bombing in Jerusalem kills 16. Israel ‘retaliates’ with a strike in Gaza. What’s at work is probably not anti-semitism, but a misguided attempt at objectivity. But reporting ‘facts’ in a moral vacuum is not objectivity; it is, in fact, just the opposite. Absent proper context, the situation can seem as if it is two equally justifiable sides making moves and countermoves, nothing more.”The Liberal philosophy of “everything is equal” creates this lack of distinction between good and bad. To the leftist, everyone goes to college no matter what their intelligence level-it’s like a redistribution of intelligence. To the leftist income should be redistributed until everyone has the same, and to the leftist morality must be evened out–all violence is bad. All violence may be SAD, but not necessarily bad. The prohibition in the Ten Commandments is “Thou Shalt Not MURDER” precisely for that reason, if the only way to protect yourself is to kill than you must protect yourself.
Probably the most ironic thing about this “everything is the same” philosophy of liberalism is they accuse conservatives of seeing everything in black and white. They don’t realize that black and white is twice the color that the liberals are going for.