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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 13, 2005 / 6 Taamuz, 5765

Short memories and politically correct lies

By Tony Blankley


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Radio talk show host Michael Savage led off his Monday night show with a collage of sound bites from the weekend network television news shows. The empty skirts and empty suits — as he calls the news anchors — were heard filled with news about Washington's new baby panda, the "disappointingly" mild Hurricane Dennis, the continuing non-news from Aruba, the latest media thoughts on Karl Rove's statements from two years ago and other similar topics.

What drove Dr. Savage (and me) to distraction was the de minimis level of news about the terrorist attack on London — which had happened only 48 hours previously. CBSNBCABCCNNMSNBCFOX had all returned to regular programming — as it were — within hours of this historic and appalling event.

When the media thinks something is truly important, they find a way to keep the story intensely reported. A few years ago, New York Times Editor Howell Raines thought the failure of Augusta National Golf course to let women join their club was terribly important, so he put the same story on the front page of the Times incessantly. The lack of news coming out of Aruba has not stopped cable television from putting on wall-to-wall coverage of that non-event for almost a month now. But network reporting of the Islamist terrorist attack on London subsided within hours, and only re-appears when there are hard news events — such as finding the bodies of the terrorists.

But the media is certainly getting an un-useful cue from government officials. Almost every top British official seemed to be taking the attack far too well in stride. They have taken "stiff upper lip" to the point of parody.

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A very disturbing pattern of response in the West is developing to terrorist attacks. Within hours of the event — almost literally once the dust has settled — intensity of reporting slackens. Government officials, perhaps still concerned about panicking a manifestly somnambulant public and governing class, understate the danger and concern, and talk about the terrorist attack largely as just another police investigation.

And, of course, the evil influence of political correctness quickly suppresses honest language and clarity of thought. In the immediate aftermath of the terror attack, reporters blurt out the truth. "In terribilis veritas." Once they have calmed down, political correctness regains control.

As has been noted by AndrewSullivan.com, the BBC offered a particularly Orwellian example of political correctness:

"Early on Friday morning another BBC webpage headlined "testing the underground mood," spoke of "the worst terrorist atrocity Britain has seen.' But at 12:08 GMT, while the rest of the article was left untouched, those words were replaced by "the worst peacetime bomb attacks Britain has seen." ... In its round-up of world reactions, BBC online was also quick to highlight the views of conspiracy theorists. The very first article listed by the BBC started by quoting Iranian cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Emami-Kashani saying Israel was behind the London attacks. It was followed by a commentary on Iranian state radio explicitly blaming the Mossad."

There were other examples of political correctness gone mad. I saw a senior British law enforcement official on Thursday making the explicit point that the words Islam and terrorist do not belong in the same sentence. Yesterday, the head of the Scotland Yard press briefers finished his factual account of various details with the statement that extremists and criminals did these acts, and no one should "stigmatize any community with these acts."

But, of course, no one was, nor should be, stigmatizing "any community." On the other hand, while some very large percentage of the 2 million Muslims living in Britain are law abiding, it is also the case that 100 percent of the "extremists and criminals" so far identified by Scotland Yard who attacked London were Islamic — or more to the point "Islamist."

The danger manifestly comes from those Muslims — either born or converted — who believe in the armed jihadist policy of terror attacks.

Political correctness started out as an externally applied pressure placed by academic elites on regular people not to say certain things that were judged improper.

But it has become a more dangerous phenomenon now. Government, law enforcement, military officials and many regular citizens are beginning to internalize the politically correct mentality. If government officials, the media and increasing elements of the public actually begin to believe that there is no relationship between Islam as currently practiced by some percentage of the Moslem population and the mortal threat of terrorism—then it will be hard if not impossible to mount an effective defense.


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The first lesson of war is to know thy enemy. While we should never put people in that category who don't fit, it is suicidal to refuse to acknowledge the accurate nature of the enemy. I have much more to say on this matter in my book, "The West's Last Chance," which will be published by Regnery in September.

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