For many in the news media,
it takes way too much time and energy (and intellectual honesty) to try and report the violence between the Israelis and the Palestinians as it really is.
Whether through laziness or pure ignorance, the news media gatekeepers resort to using highly ludicrous terms such as “a cycle of violence” in describing the conflict, as if both sides are locked at each others throats like the biblical characters of Cain and Able in an endless …”tit-for-tat” struggle.
But the situation is actually one of a lazy and activist minded media that’s guilty of helping to feed an “endless cycle of confusion and misunderstanding” of the Israeli/Arab conflict to its readers. Through their collective efforts, the average Finn -in spite of being shoveled an endless supply of “news stories” from the Middle East- is so thoroughly ignorant of even the basic of reasons why the Arabs “keep on keeping on” with their dirty conflict with Israel.
Take for example the leading Swedish language newspaper in Finland, The Hufvudstadsbladet
.(HBL), and its EIC, Max Arhippainen. What it lacks in size (51000 subscribers), it more than makes up by the fact that most of the influential people in Finland speak Swedish as a first or second language, and it also happens to be one of the worst anti-Israel newspapers in Finland.
Tundraman alerted me this morning: Chief Editor Max Arhippainen has written one of the worst editorials on Israel this morning that I have seen in a long time. It contains all the classical biases regarding the “circle of violence”, “revenge”, “disproportionate violence” on the part of the Israeli state, “collective punishment” of the Palestinians in Gaza etc etc and, worst of all, an absolutely mathematical symmetry is created between the deliberate violence against civilians and collateral damage due to the fact that terrorists use human shields.
Max Arhippainen writes in his column, -just a mere 40 some hours after the massacre of eight Israeli students in school- : [Onödigt att fortsätta. Det är en ond spiral av våld. Våld föder våld, som föder våld, som föder våld … Så kan det pågå i evighet om spiralen inte bryts. I Mellanöstern har inget brutit spiralen, utan den har bara fortsatt i åratal, i decennier, ja, århundraden, till och med årtusenden.]
Violence gives birth to violence, that gives birth to violence, that gives birth to violence, that gives birth to violence… So, it can go on for eternity if the spiral is not broken. In the Middle-East has nothing broken the spiral, instead it has continue from year to year, decades, yes, centuries, up to and including millenniums.
This is the classical myth of the “cycle of violence” that’s supposed to accurately depict the violence between the two sides. When Daniel Taub was in Helsinki, he stated matter-of-factly that:
“the simple fact is that when the Qassams stop, Israel’s security measures stop. But when Israel’s security measures stop, the Qassams don’t stop. There is a fundamental asymmetry here, if you talk about a cycle of violence, it implies that anybody anywhere in the circle could stop it, but our experience is that is not the case.”
A few questions the Tundra Tabloids would like to pose to Max Arhippainen are:
In relation to the Gaza Strip, are you suggesting what, that Israel do nothing, is that the option?
Is the suggestion that Israel should engage with the Hamas, wouldn’t Israel by doing that weaken Abu Mazen, and that is what Abu Mazen doesn’t want them to do?”
Should Israel knock out terrorist activity with continued with aerial strikes, or should we send in the ground forces for a major ground operation?
But like most anti-Israel nay-sayers -who are usually long on demands and very very short on suggestions, let alone answers- Arhippainen would most likely respond the very same way former Swedish FM, Laila Freivalds responded to Gideon Meir in his office in Jerusalem. After receiving a long list of demands and what-not-to-do’s, Meir asked the emotional Freivalds “what Israel should do that it hasn’t already tried”? Frievald: “that is none of my affair”.
The brutal truth to the matter is that the media can’t digest the bitter truth, that until the Palestinians end their genocidal lust for Israeli blood and real estate (all of Israel), Da Var Vill go on.
The editor’s column continues with the tired, worn out mantra of Israel’s supposed disproportionate use of power, but interestingly, he would never be caught defining what a”proportionate” response would be. That’s something that most who hold similar views would never be caught doing. It would mean that they would have to exercise the grey matter between their ears and come up with an answer to something that they are more than willing to leave untouched, unanswered ……..obscure. See how easy it it is? *L* KGS