The Bali Difference By Steve Plaut.

His views and observations are perfect in reflecting a reality the "moderates" all too easily choose to ignore.

I received this letter via E-Mail from a third-hand source. Therefore, I can not swear to its authenticity. However; whomever wrote this, is 100% on the mark. And I have no reason to doubt that the author is whom he says he is: Steve Plaut of Hebrew University.

His views and observations are perfect in reflecting a reality the “moderates” all too easily choose to ignore . . . Howard Galganov.

I certainly do not mean to detract for an instant from the horror and outrage over the Bali bombing, but at the same time I cannot leave without commenting on (sic) the dramatic differences in the reactions of the world to the Bali bombing and the countless Arab atrocities against Jews.

Not a single media outfit has referred to the perpetrators of the Bali bombings as “activists” or “militants”. Not even the BBC and CNN. Indeed, both uncharacteristically used the “T” word to refer to the bombers.

If it turns out that suicide terrorists triggered the car bomb, no one in the world will include those dead terrorists in the total body count of the “tragic affair”.

Not a single commentator has been insisting that if the terrorists resorted to such violence, then surely they must have legitimate grievances.

Not a single commentator has been insisting that if the terrorists resorted to such violence, then surely they must be fighting for a just cause.

Not a single commentator has been insisting that if the terrorists resorted to such violence, then surely it must be because they are so desperate and mistreated. And no one demanded that Australia ask itself what it has done wrong to earn such hatred.

Not a single commentator has been insisting that Indonesia and Australia need to open dialogue and negotiations with the terrorists because – after all – there is no military solution to the problems of terrorism.

The Nobel Prize Committee has not suggested that the perpetrators of the bombing be awarded a Peace Prize.

Peretz party chief Yossi Sarid has not suggested that the poems composed by the perpetrators be taught in Israeli schools.

Israeli professors from the Left have not yet organized petitions to demand that the demands of the bombers be met.

Jimmy Carter has not rushed to Bali to endorse the demands of the bombers.Israeli leftist lawyers have not yet offered to defend any of the bombers caught and indicted.

Student demonstrators in Berkeley did not stage mock street theater representations of the bombings, showing the Australians as villains.

Britain´s Chief Rabbi did not declare that only withdrawal from occupied Australia is the solution. Tikkun´s Mikey Lerner did not refer to the bombings as “unrest” and demand that we all feel the pain of the bombers.

The University of Michigan and Colorado College have failed so far to organize Solidarity with the Bali Bombers Conferences.

Canada has not confiscated any leaflets that declare that Australia has the right to exercise self-defense against the terrorists.

The newspapers have not been telling Australians that they brought it all on themselves for being racist and insensitive and obstinate.

No one has yet proposed allowing the terrorists to set up their own state in New South Wales.

No one has described the Bali bombing as “resisting occupation”.

No progressive churches or synagogues have offered to host the spokeswoman for the Bali bombers.

No one has described the Bali bombers as moderates who need to be cultivated lest really radical Islamist terrorists gain power.

Shimon Peres and Yossi Beilin have not yet offered the bombers parts of Jerusalem.

1 Comment

  • Thank you, Howard, for crisply stating what I have been saying ever since this ridiculous piece of race-baiting broke in the first place. And while we’re on the subject, I’d like to challenge any NBA star to resign over this, or even miss a few precious games, thereby depriving himself of a thoroughly disproportionate salary awarded to any idiot with physical talent who can excel at a child’s game.

    Cheryl Mavrikos, Brookline, Massachusetts

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