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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Monday, November 05, 2007

Blurring Distinctions Between Evil and Innocence

By Michael Medved

On November 1st, HBO presented a new documentary called "To Die in Jerusalem: Two Daughters Lost in Conflict."

According to promotional materials, the film portrays two 17-year-old girls as they "die in a Jerusalem market - revealing a microcosm of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the complexity of reconciliation."

Like the infamous Newsweek cover that inspired it, this documentary treats both girls as joint victims of "faith or fate," blurring the profound distinction between murderer and victim, evil and innocence. The Israeli girl went to the market to buy Sabbath supplies; the Palestinian girl went there to murder strangers in a homicide bombing. The real reason for the "complexity of reconciliation" is that the bomber's mother lives in a society that hails her murderous child as a heroine, and so now feels "pride" in her heinous act.

Ignoring the moral gulf between crazed killer and blameless target doesn't advance peace, but perpetuates the insanity and blindness behind Islamo-Nazi terror.


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