Thursday, August 10, 2006
Sad, but unfortunately very true...
The rules of POLITICAL CORRECTNESS when it comes to the Israeli-Arab conflict:
Rule #1: In the Middle East, it is always the Arabs that attack first, and it's always Israel who defends itself. This is called "retaliation".
Rule #2: The Arabs, whether Palestinians or Lebanese, are not allowed to kill Israelis. This is called "terrorism".
Rule #3: Israel has the right to kill Arab civilians, this is called "self-defence", or these days "collateral damage".
Rule #4: When Israel kills too many civilians. The Western world calls for restraint. This is called the "reaction of the International community".
Rule #5: Palestinians and Lebanese do not have the right to capture Israeli military, not even a limited number, not even 1 or 2.
Rule #6: Israel has the right to capture as many Palestinians as they want (Palestinians: around 10000 to date, 300 of which are children, Lebanese: 1000s to date, being held without trial). There is no limit; there is no need for proof of guilt or trial. All that is needed is the magic word: "terrorism".
Rule #7: When you say "Hezbollah", always be sure to add "supported by Syria and Iran".
Rule #8: When you say "Israel", never say "supported by the USA, the UK and other. European countries", for people (God forbid) might believe this is not an equal conflict.
Rule #9: When it comes to Israel, don't mention the words "occupied territories", "UN resolutions", "Geneva conventions". This could distress the audience of Fox.
Rule #10: Israelis speak better English than Arabs. This is why we let them speak out as much as possible, so that they can explain rules 1 through 9. This is called "neutral journalism".
Rule #11: If you don't agree with these rules or if you favour the Arab side over the Israeli side, you must be a very dangerous anti-Semite. You may even have to make a public apology if you express Your honest opinion...
Isn't democracy wonderful?!!!
P.S. I got this by email. I felt like sharing it. Thanks Abeer.