Tuesday, March 12, 2002

MORAL EQUIVALENCE ALERT! This otherwise good piece of reporting in the Washington Post still manages to equate Palestinian attacks whose sole purpose is to kill civilians and Israeli attacks whose sole purpose is to kill terrorists but unintentionally kill civilians, i.e., civilized warfare and terrorism. The Post reporter writes:
[H]ere on the ground, the calls for bloody revenge have grown louder in recent weeks, all but drowning out pleas for restraint, and civilian casualties have become the rule rather than the exception.
Note the use of the passive voice, and the implicit connection between "calls for bloody revenge" and civilian casualties becoming the rule," the import being that each side is killing civilians out of revenge.

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