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Friday, May 28, 2004


MidEast Double Standard...

Earlier this week just south of Beirut, Lebanese soldiers shot and killed five protesters and wounded 12 others. The Lebanese army says that three demonstrators were accidentally killed when soldiers fired warning shots (sound familiar?) Another two demonstrators will killed in the violence that ensued.

But there was no outcry from the Arab League, the European Union, the United Nations. In fact, just about nobody seems to even know about this event. Keep in mind this is just days after the UN Security Council passed a resolution condemning Israel for the death of Palestian protesters in Gaza - passed it even before all the facts were clear and making no mention of facts we do know - that Israeli troops were there in the first place because of arms smuggling from Egypt into Gaza. Photos of Palestinian men carrying injured small boys are still appearing on front pages around the world, but almost nothing about the action in Lebanon.

I found out yesterday about the killings in Lebanon while reading Haaretz online. I searched in vain for any news about it in the New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, Baltimore Sun, and even BBC - nothing!

Today I tried searching Google for the story, and found only this article in, of all places, China Times.

I've seen this same kind of weird double-standard going on now for over 35 years. Strange but not surprising.

Hi Steve,
I've been enjoying your blog and want you to know there's a photo of the demonstration's aftermath at www.truthout.org
I've been trying my hand at keeping a diary, of sorts, and if you'd like to check it out, go to http://homepage.mac.com/magnimike/thechronicles.ntweb
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