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Reader comment on item: [Beslan Atrocity:] They're Terrorists - Not Activists

Submitted by Donald W. Bales (United States), Sep 7, 2004 at 13:30

Do journalists have similar restraints and fear when they are working in Israel? Do they fear being murdered if they write something unfavorable to Israel?

Does the media not realize that they would have no freedom of the press under an Islamic state? What accounts for the double standard that exists in the mainline (not mainstream, since the percentages of liberals in the media is not reflected in the populations at large) media? Why are they so pro-Palestinian and so anti-Israel? Why are they seemingly so pro-Islam and so anti-Jew (and anti-Christian)? One would think that they would support a state that has opposition parties, open and free elections, an independent justice system, equality for women, and a willingness to live at peace with neighboring countries rather than a group that has none of those characteristics.

In addition, Israel has a large percentage (?20%) of Arabs who have the right to vote and some or even in the Knesset, whereas Jews are not tolerated in Palestinian territory-much less allowed to vote or be in the ruling class. Israel is a socialistic state albeit a democratic socialist one-that should appeal to liberals and Democrats since they tend to lean toward socialism even though it doesn't seem to work too well even when it is "democratic." And it works horribly in non-democratic sociialist countries-for example, Cuba, North Korea, USSR, and formerly China. China has now abandoned the economic Marxist model, but continues the political and police state part.

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