|Originally posted by 3boys4us
The most important point here is that people are being killed everyday - not just when the corporate media sensationlizes the suicide bombings. Or to put for you mildly - a Palestinain is killed everyday (but perhaps they don't count to us Americans).
Here is an excellent link about how much Israel costs the US:
I have hard time with that but I assume that most conservatives feel it's okay to keep supporting what has become a quagmire for both Israelis and the US.
I hardly think you can "sensationalize" a suicide bombing--it's an inherently horrifying act. Why else would people do it? That's why they call it "terrorism"--it's not that acts of terror have to kill or injure a large number of people, it's just that it has to be something that most people would find frightening or repugnant, like blowing yourself up and taking civilians and children with you. It's got to be visible and sensational, because that's the point.
I find the word "sensationalize" upsetting here because you make it sound like you are only horrified by the deaths on one side, which to me is one of the biggest problems with talking about the whole question. There just aren't enough people who take casualties seriously no matter what their nationality. The Left seems to only take the Palestinian casualties seriously, the Right, only the Israeli casualties.
The institutionalized violence of the occupation isn't only invisible to people in the US, it's also invisible to the occupiers. It's paradoxically legal. It's retaliatory. We all should see it for what it is: state violence. But I think in a lot of ways, the tactic of terror is responsible for making the daily harrassment and disenfranchisement invisible.
In a lot of ways, the Palestinian terrorists bolster repressive policies of the Israeli government--well, you could say the same thing about how terror has bolstered the current US gov't. If one side would stop, the other side couldn't keep going. You know? Support for Sharon's policies grows whenever there is a suicide bombing or other act of terror, support for Arafat on the Palestinian side was dwindling until Israel began this absurd campaign against him.
Anyway, all of that is to say, don't say "sensationalized" about media coverage of the suicide bombings.