The Right Coast
March 23, 2004
The Death of A Spiritual Leader
By Mike Rappaport
Once again, we are in the upside down world inhabited by the European Union and the liberal media, like the New York Times. Misleading claims, built on lies, resting on obsfucations. A man, who if nothing else, was a general in a terrorist war against Israel, is described as a spiritual leader. I suppose one could describe Osama Bin Laden as the spiritual leader of Al Qaida. Of course, the purpose of the phrase is to give impression that the Sheik was caring for the souls of innocent people, when he was doing nothing of the kind: he was a spiritual leader of Radical Islam, a sect that by its own admission embraces death.
Consider this New York Times editorial:
The editorial says "while Sheik Yassin was the group's spiritual leader, Israel accused him of responsibility for numerous terrorist attacks" but what it means is "We are not going to admit that he is a murderous terrorist nor are we going to deny it. It would be difficult for us to defend the notion that one should allow such terrorists to continue their behavior with impunity. And we are not able to admit that we do know whether he is responsible for terrorism, since it is much harder to sound morally superior based on ignorance."
It says "it's hard to see how his martyrdom will make Israel any safer. Hamas will now redouble its efforts to send human torpedos into Israel." What it means is "We are putting this point this way, because it would be hard to argue that killing the leaders of a terrorist sect has no influence on the sect's ability to pursue its activities. After all, if killing the leaders had no effect, we might then have to admit that it is no real problem that the evil Bush Administration has not found Bin Laden, since there would not make America any safer. We also put the point this way since it allows us not to have to acknowledge that Hamas was, to its core, against any deal with Israel and would view any restraint by Israel as a sign of victory."