Wednesday, April 10, 2002

WHAT IS UP WITH the journalistic convention of noting, whenever the Israelis use military force, that they're pounding the Palestinians with "U.S.-supplied" weapons. Here's a regular, recurring example, from an article in today's Washington Post:
U.S.-supplied AH-64 Apache helicopter gunships have pounded the refugee camp with missiles and troops have waged house-to-house searches.
How come no one ever writes, "A Palestinian suicide bomber blew up 10 civilians today with Iranian-supplied plastic explosives purchased with Saudi-supplied dollars"?

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