Friday, September 27, 2002
It's not "The West." It's "Christians:" A piece on OpinionJournal.com's "Taste" page points out that the Christians can't possibly be victims. Paul Marshal points out what the wire services and mainstream media won't -- that Islamic terrorists are targeting Christians specifically.
After the massacres at a Pakistani Christian school and hospital in August, Reuters headlined its story "Pakistan attack seen aimed at West, not Christians," while the BBC said: "The attack appears aimed at Western interests, rather than Pakistan's Christian minority." The Associated Press argued that the assaults were "directed against western interests."
The people believed to be behind the attacks, though, have made their motives plain. Members of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, the terrorist group claiming responsibility for an October 2001 massacre in a Christian church, said that "they planned to kill Christians" in revenge for Muslim deaths in Afghanistan. The men who claimed responsibility for attacking the school in August announced that they "killed the nonbelievers."
Christians here in the United States seldom experience this type of hatred, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist out there in the less-civilized world. The media does a disservice when it tries to sanitize the beliefs of these radical, militant Muslims. The American public deserves to know the whole truth. Unfortunately, too often, we don't get it because of the hyper-tolerant prism that too many reporters view these sorts of religious conflicts through.