Sunday, November 29, 2009

Reuters blames Israel for Islamic terrorism on all fronts

Reuters publishes op-eds which -- though this is difficult to believe -- are more heavily biased and laden with propaganda than their usual "news" stories.  The media giant labels these op-eds "Analysis" so when you see that word emblazoned at the top of Reuters' webpage, it's generally advisable to prepare for the most extreme examples of one-sided claptrap a writer can possibly dream up.

Alistair Lyon, whose recent stories we have commented on here, here, and here now shifts his propaganda machine to Jordan where he leads with:
Jordanians share Palestinian despondency on peace
Ah yes, everyone is despondent that there is no peace in the Middle East except it seems, the Israelis.  (We cannot recall the last time Reuters did a story where they interviewed ordinary run-of-the-mill Israelis in Tel Aviv or Haifa about their aspirations for the region.  Must be challenging for one of Reuters' 100+ correspondents in the area to get to the coast).

Lyon runs through the litany of standard Reuters boilerplate banalities to portray that Arab "despondency".  There's despair:
Outside the West Bank and Gaza Strip, despair at the failure of years of U.S.-led Middle East peacemaking...
And feelings of futility:
Even those who once backed the "peace process" now view it as futile.
And of course, the ubiquitous Arab humiliation:
President Barack Obama's failure to secure his own demand that Israel stop building settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem is seen here as a humiliating sign...
And desperation:
Jordanian politicians acknowledge that such a move is likely to be doomed to failure but sympathise with the desperation...
And according to Nawaf Tell, a Foreign Ministry official heading the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan:
"The frustration, the disappointment, was biggest with Jordan."
Well of course it was, since Jordan sits on land representing 78% of the original Palestine Mandate and has a population which is 60-70% Palestinian Arab.  You can bet that Jordanian government officials, who clearly do not want more Palestinians in their 89,000 square kilometers of territory (Israel possesses 22,000 sq km), will be disappointed in any outcome that prevents them from expelling the Palestinian Arabs that currently reside in the country.

And since:
"The Palestinians are cornered," said Taher al-Masri, a former Jordanian prime minister of Palestinian origin...
And according to Reuters' Lyon:
Israel has no interest in trading land for peace, only in endless negotiations that will buy it more time to tighten its grip on East Jerusalem and the West Bank...
There must also be the perennial Arab threat of violence:
"But with this Israeli government it is difficult. It is the perfect recipe for violence and deadlock in the peace process."
And the completely unsupported assertion that:
Perceived injustice to the Palestinians also fuels Islamic militancy as far away as Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Because after all, there is just so much evidence that the Pashtuns in Afghanistan fighting to overthrow the Karzai government are doing so on behalf of the Palestinian Arabs.

And finally, the utterly absurd conclusion:
"Every Arab leader has been telling the world, start with the Palestinian question and even terrorism can be contained."
Since it is common knowledge that Islamic jihad only dates back to 1967 when Israel recovered the territories from Jordan.

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