A wider war most Americans won’t see coming
by Bruce O’Hara
October 20, 2023
I remember an interview with George Burns when the comedian was in his nineties. When asked about his daily routine, Burns replied: “First thing every day, I read the obituaries in the New York Times. If I’m not there, I go on with my day.” I confess I find myself checking each morning that World War Three hasn’t broken out in the Middle East, before I continue on with my day.
I am astounded by how one-sided the American mainstream media is in its coverage of the conflict in Gaza. Fox News, in particular, may as well be an Israeli propaganda outlet.
There has been a non-stop attempt to demonize Hamas, to portray them as heartless monsters who attacked Israel for no reason. It has always been one of the pre-conditions for war that both sides must be conditioned to think of the other side as monsters. After all, you can’t negotiate with monsters, can you?
If a nation’s media were interested in peace, they would tell a more nuanced story. They would include at least a certain amount of information that would call into question the ‘monster’ narrative.
As an example of the kind of material that could be used to create a more balanced view, there’s this testimony from a former hostage, an Israeli, who says she was respectfully treated by her (young and scared) Hamas captors. When the Israel Defense Forces showed up several hours later, they opened up on the Hamas militants without warning, catching the hostages in a furious cross-fire. It was then the hostages were killed – as likely killed by Israeli bullets as by Palestinian ones.
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