Terrorized Times

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5 Responses

  1. Dave says:

    I’m just wondering if they call what Baruch Goldstein did ‘terrorism’. After all, he was a ‘doctor’. Come to think of it, so was Mengele, Y”M. What a bunch of feckless cowards.

  2. Noam says:

    A dvar Torah a few weeks ago by Rabbi Shafier at the Shmuz made the same point in discussing the culpability of the people of Shechem in the rape of Dina. Even thought they did not participate in the act itself, they contributed to the culture and atmosphere that made it possible and socially acceptable. He then applies the idea in the same way: Those who do not oppose terrorism and identify it as such when it occurs, are providing aid and support to the terrorists and in some ways are themselves guilty of terrorism. Thank you Rabbi Shafran for making this point crystal clear.

  3. One Christian's perspective says:

    “What’s more, media that are too weak-kneed to call evil what it is are, in their own way, complicit in the same.” – Avi Shafran

    Yes! To their shame, in doing so, their posture of political correctness and tolerance has eliminated any hint of what used to be known as journalism. I fear that a nation that allows this kind of false reporting to continue to erode truth and mislead is on the brink of disaster if we are not there already.

  4. Ori says:

    One Christian: I fear that a nation that allows this kind of false reporting to continue to erode truth and mislead is on the brink of disaster if we are not there already.

    Ori: The cost of being allowed to say the truth is that others are allowed to lie. Overall, that’s a trade-off that has served us well in the past. In the short term, the New York Times can spend its reputation to hurt the west and aid the cause of political Islam. In the long term, they will run out of reputation long before the west will run out of military and economic might. This is already happening to various newspapers (ignore the whining and focus on the economic facts).

  5. Chaim Fisher says:

    All news reporters and commentators let their prejudices show to some extent. If their audience shares those ideas, it actually works for them short-term; they gain credibility with their sympathizers as the reporter who actually ‘stands up for something.’

    Look at any strong-issue blog and you’ll this function over and over again.

    The price, though, is too high for me: loss of credibility. I think that we, as Jews, should always be ready to be modeh on the emes, even when it hurts, even when it’s one of our beloved political prejudices being threatened. That’s the only way people are going to believe us ultimately. And besides: it’s true!

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