I have been waiting, fearfully, for some time for a series to be broadcast on CNN this week hosted by Christian Amanpour.
The series, titled “G*d’s Warrior’s” was a three part series featuring a two hour show on Christians, Jews and Muslims.
CNN is noted for it’s rabid anti-Israel stance, much of which I won’t get into here, but done in both obvious and subtle ways (choice of images, refusal to use the word “terrorist” in reference to Islamic acts, etc).
Worse, Amanpour is one of the most rabid anti-Israeli reporters ever to have gained mainstream acceptance.
An Iranian, she has long been noted for her biased reporting when it comes to Israel, and so I was fearful of the report.
I assumed that the report about Jews would repeat the usual canards about Jewish control of the media (funny that she would be able to repeat that lie on her network, owned by one of the three main media conglomerates in the world run by a black Christian, Dick Parson’s, but that logic escapes all those in the conspiracy camp).
At the same time, I was curious as to how she would fit “Christian Warrior’s into the theme.
I assumed it might be about Opus Dei, the Jesuits, or quite frankly, I just didn’t know!
Well, after watching the series, it was so far worse than I could have ever imagined I literally don’t know what to do.
Briefly: The part on “Jewish Warriors” of course focused on Israel. Each “war” was of course solely an Israeli responsibility. There have basically been two acts of Jewish terror since the 1967 war.
One of these, Baruch Goldstein, was a psychotic lunatic who went into the “Tomb of the Patriarchs” where Abraham is buried, and opened fire on Muslims at prayer.
He killed 20+ and injured dozens more.
He was beaten to death by the people in the tomb.
Some background. Abraham is a patriarch of all three major monotheistic religions. The tomb is revered by both Jews and Muslims. It lies in Hebron, which Israel ceded to the Palestinians but which retains a Jewish population which needs to be protected at all times by the IDF.
The next thing she focused on was a radical group of Jewish settlers whose total population is 2. That’s right, 2. In retaliation for a suicide bombing in Israel, they decided they were going to blow up a Palestinian girls school in East Jerusalem.
They were caught, by ISRAELI security, tried and sentenced to 15 years for attempted murder.
I highlite this because, as you will see, this stands in such contrast to the next show.
The overarching feel of the show, however, was the constant video of blood and guts, Israeli tanks and weapons.
In fact, there was a lot of video of the IDF moving against the Jewish settlers in Gaza when Ariel Sharon declared the unilateral pullout.
There was not a single “mainstream” Israeli intellectual, or Jewish pundit describing the “Jewish” point of view. No mainstream American rabbis, no Israeli politicians, nothing.
More interesting of course, is the fact that, as many of us have said, Israel, and Jewish, were interchangeable. This is so important because the new antisemitism masquerades as anti Israel sentiment.
OK, I thought, the next part will be about Muslim “warriors”. There is SO MUCH video to show about Muslim terrorism that “equal time” will be easy to fill.
Funny, but there was not a SINGLE MINUTE of video of muslim terror.
There were very attractive Muslim women explaining how the laws were not oppressive, or if they were, the discussions were calm and intellectual.
There was quiet footage of marketplaces in Iran, Egypt, etc.
Even 9/11, which, thank goodness, was laid at Bin Laden’s feet, was shown only in still pictures of a few of the “missing” posters in NY.
Even her interview with a British Muslim who had been radicalized into the worst of the Muslim radical groups in Britain, was calm, with little anxiety.
It was fascinating to see. Even Bin Laden was humanized by an interview with a childhood friend who described how he used to quiz his friends on religious issues.
OK, I thought, so it was just a really bad extension of what CNN is always up to.
Well, I knew there were no videos of rampaging Christians rioting over cartoons of Jesus so what could they show?
I figured there would be discussions of creationism, and Supreme Court issues. Of course there were.
But what we also saw were plenty of videos of fire and brimstone preachers, spit flying from their mouths, head banging Christian rockers, etc.
The entire series was a truly fascinating look into how dangerous images are in today’s world.
What was, of course, never pointed out, is what I highlited above.
You don’t have Jews and Christians blowing themselves up all over the world for their “causes”.
You had suicide bombers equated with the Christian right, trying to effect change through the electoral process, not murdering thousands.
Worse, you have the Muslim murderers who name streets and schools after the suicide bombers, paralleled to Israelis who were captured by their own, and not celebrated, but tried and convicted in their own courts.
Find ONE Muslim nation that has convicted and jailed a Muslim for killing a non Muslim.
Moral equivalence was bad enough, but moral superiority? Unbelievable.
I didn’t think it could get worse.
Wake up America.