This past Sunday morning, Bob Schieffer, the host of CBS’s Face the Nation, offered us one of his concise commentaries. His remarks were not only an explicit presentation of shoddy journalism – completely contrary to the expected standards of his profession, they were a deliberate attempt to transfer Israel’s moral culpability to the victims of their brutality – the innocent Palestinian civilians.
The following is his complete commentary:
Trying to understand the news of this terrible summer, it is hard to come away with any feeling but that we are in the midst of a world gone mad.Blaming Israel’s massacre of innocent Palestinian children in the besieged and occupied Gaza Strip on all Palestinians may be idiotic and journalistic malfeasances, but accusing Palestinians of deliberately “forcing” Israel to kill their children in order to gain sympathy for their cause is down–right vile. Suggesting that Palestinians do not love their children like other people do, and therefore, undeserving of our compassion and empathy, is not just xenophobic, it is a despicable act and use of his power.
On one side of the world, an ego-driven Russian leader seems to yearn for the time of the czars, when rulers started wars on a whim or a perceived insult -- and if people died, so be it.
In the Middle East, the Palestinian people find themselves in the grip of a terrorist group that has embarked on a strategy to get its own children killed in order to build sympathy for its cause -- a strategy that might actually be working, at least in some quarters.
Last week, I found a quote of many years ago by Golda Meir, one of Israel's early leaders, which might have been said yesterday.
"We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children," she said. "But we can never forgive them for forcing us to kill their children."
In a world gone mad, what is to be learned? Perhaps we should start by remembering what historian Will Durant once said:
"Barbarism, like the jungle, does not die out, but only retreats behind the barriers that civilization has thrown up against it, and waits there always to reclaim that to which civilization has temporarily laid claim."
As an anchor of a major network news program, Mr. Schieffer’s attempt to dehumanize the entire Palestinian people with his unwarranted comments and baseless allegations is totally unacceptable.