Friday, May 10, 2002

On massacres

The treatment of the Palestinians and the treatment of the Bosnians have remarkable similarities. One group sees itself as the vanguard of Western civilisation and the other, weaker, group are radicalised Muslims with a curiously Westernised world view. You could also point out the blurring of civilian and military roles among the Muslims and the fine line between national protection and pogrom. Not to mention the constant talk of ethnic cleansing.

As you probably notice I see a lot of grey in both these situations, although I understand why those with perhaps less time or interest do not. What does fascinate me is why the switch of sympathy, at least in Britain and America.

Is it, as Jude Waninski speculates a matter of which PR firm you hire?


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