News and views from the front and from home
July 19, 2014
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I glance through the SA media coverage of events in Gaza, and drop right through the rabbit hole into Alice in Wonderland. But this is a strange and bizarre fantasy world in which Hamas, having instigated this conflict as rationally as it is within their power to act, in order to inflict civilian casualties on their own population so as to discredit Israel, is the victim. Many in South Africa can see through the circus theatrics, the smoke and mirrors and spin to the core reality, but the distorted messages from our media are so pervasive that the susceptible are inflamed. The Malaysian airline calamity has grabbed a good deal of the spotlight – possibly to the relief of the saner elements within the media community.
So we lurch from one ill-understood “hot topic” to another with little gain in insight and unpredictable public responses. This is the climate within all politicians operate; in many cases they are the architects. Israel is, of course, a unique case. Its frustrating success and courage is like an open wound to the haters and envious. Their whole being is consumed by the intolerable realisation that all their efforts and malice has not stopped this small, democratic, Jewish state successfully defending itself. May they continue to be consumed by the torments of hell.
This post contains two main items. The first is from my cousin Charles Smith living in Israel. He has the well-organised, realistic and precise mind of an engineer. This is his perspective on Operation Protective Edge: