Conchita, you tell me I “think like a typical American”, but you think like a typical apologist for the radical Muslim cause who gets her news primarily from CNN or from European media with a similar slant. I get my information not only from mainstream sources, but I specifically look for press reports form Arabic countries (although I can only read the ones in English or French). Even according to Palestinians quoted in the Arab media, a lot of the “atrocities” are not what they look like on TV. I think particularly of one Arab report that said that most of the destruction the media showed in a refugee camp was actually caused by Palestinians booby trapping buildings and corpses in order to kill Israelis. Then CNN goes in and just tells you, Israel was here, look at the destruction. This is a common technique (as my students from Israel, Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo and other places tell me), but the media act like they don’t even know about it.
I am not talking about “one man or one wrong government”. There is an entire ideology of death in that place that’s focused on the destruction of all Jews. They SAY it! Am I supposed to ignore what they really say?
Have you ever talked to Israeli soldiers or non-Jewish visitors to Israel about how Palestinians are trained to perform for the media?
Yes, Arabs do have democratic rights in Israel, and many Arabs serve in the Israeli military. (One Israeli army veteran even claimed to me that the Israeli army would be “nothing” without its Druze Arabs, many of whom serve as officers.) If you don’t believe me, it’s easy to find the information on the web. However, you don’t get much in the way of democratic rights in any country if you send 11-year-old girls into pizzerias to blow everybody up.
By the way, look at the statistics on who blows himself up. Did you know that most of them are from prosperous families? This is not caused by poverty or oppression.
Anyway, if you want to have some fun, watch these videos from the Arabic media: memri.org/video They have English subtitles. I especially like the one called “The Muslim Woman Magazine”. That lady is very cheerful. There’s another interesting soap opera featuring a Jewish man who murders a Christian boy in order to use his blood to bake mazzo. With this kind of Nazi-like stuff filling people’s heads, no wonder their thinking is distorted.