Gone largely unnoticed because of the incredible amount of news has been the decision by most newspapers and the Obama administration to stop using the term terrorist, or terrorism. Those who kill Israelis are now called “militants”
Funny, then, that with the bombing in Iran yesterday both the Times and the Obama administration rediscovered the magical words, terrorism, and terrorist.
Perhaps most offensive, even more so than the fact that Jews being killed no longer counts as a terrorist act, is that even a 13 year old American, Abigail Little, murdered in a Haifa bombing, did not generate the terrorist label for her attackers.
But when the leaders of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, the same group that was murdering Iranian voters in the streets just a few weeks ago, were the victims of a bombing, low and behold, both the Times and the administration, found the reason to use the word again.
My disgust knows no bounds.
Below, some wire service reports as reprinted from Tom Gross at the New Republic online:
Monday, October 19, 2009
Obama, Iranian Thugs, and the NY Times
By Tom Gross
National Review Online
It is amazing. It took many, many days for the administration of Nobel
peace-prize laureate Barack Obama to condemn the brutalization of
pro-democracy demonstrators in Iran last June (and even then it did so only
in the most tepid way), but by contrast it took just a couple of hours for
the Obama administration to condemn the attacks on the brutalizers
US condemns Iran bombing; denies involvement
Sun Oct 18, 2009
WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States on Sunday condemned a suicide bombing
that struck Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, and denied any involvement in
“We condemn this act of terrorism and mourn the loss of innocent lives,”
State Department Spokesman Ian Kelly said in a statement.
The attack reportedly killed Brig. Gen. Nourali Shoushtari, the lieutenant
commander of IRGC ground forces, the commanders of Sistan and Baluchistan
province, the Iranshahr Corps, the Sarbaz Corps and the Amiralmoemenin
Brigade, Iran’s Fars News Agency said.
Meanwhile, the New York Times, which routinely refuses to call the blowing
up by Hamas and Fatah of Israeli children in buses, cafes and shopping malls
acts of terrorism – even when American children, such as 14-year-old
American Baptist Abigail Litle, are among the victims – had no problem
calling the political assassination of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary
Guards commanders “terrorism,” as one can see from the email below.
The New York Times
Sun, October 18, 2009 – 9:01 AM ET
Five Iran Guard Commanders Are Killed in Bombings
Five commanders of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards
Corps were killed and dozens of others left dead and injured
in two terrorist bombings in the restive region of the
nation’s southeastern frontier with Pakistan, according to
multiple Iranian state news agencies.
The coordinated attacks appeared to mark an escalation in
hostilities between Iran’s leadership and one of the nation’s
many disgruntled ethnic and religious minorities, in this
case the Baluchis.