I’m Curious…

Blogged in Islamofascism,Palestinian Authority by Gloria Salt Sunday August 27, 2006

Hurrah! Much to my surprise and relief, the two Fox News journalists have been freed by their Palestinian captors. Michelle Malkin has a thorough roundup on the story, from which I learned that a) the culprits were known to the authorities in the Palestinian Authority almost immediately after the snatchings, and b) they are the same people who killed three Americans in a roadside bombing in 2003. They got clean away with those murders and will obviously get away with these abductions as well.

I hate to quibble — the important thing is that these guys are safe; I realize that — but I can’t help it. Two things rankle about this.

One: It made my skin crawl slightly that one of the two captives, after describing the experience of being abducted, hooded, tied up, thrown on a concrete floor, held captive for two weeks by people who are perfectly capable of murder, forced to mouth the offensive words of the “militants” onto videotape, and then forced at gunpoint to convert to Islam, still felt it necessary to sugar-coat the nightmare with a comment about what a swell religion Islam is. Yep — those terribly sensitive Muslim sensibilities are the real story here, not the kidnapping and terrorizing of two Western journalists by jihadist thugs.

And Two: Would those journalists have been given the option of converting to Islam to save their skins if they had been Jewish?

Just asking.

6 Responses to “I’m Curious…”

  1. Chaim says:

    “Would those journalists have been given the option of converting to Islam to save their skins if they had been Jewish?”

    Unlikely. Though it _is_ all too easy to conceive of Jewish journalists with perceptions of things so skewed that like some non-Jews probably have done (I haven’t done a Google News search of statements on this particular kidnapping, but it’s not as though nothing like it has ever happened before), they’d have assigned ultimate blame for the kidnapping to Israel and the Occupation. Your standard might be too demanding given many journalists’ default thoughts about the conflict: it might only be because they work for Fox that the journalists didn’t explicitly blame Israel for what happened to them, crazy as that ought to sound.

  2. Chaim says:


    See the above post by Martin Peretz at The New Republic’s blog.

  3. paul mooney says:

    “Would those journalists have been given the option of converting to Islam to save their skins if they had been Jewish?”

    Probably not… but are you surprised?

  4. Let’s put it this way. Was Gilad Shalit given that option?

    (I think it’s safe to say that, if he was, he has not accepted it.)

    Daniel in Brookline

  5. Bernard says:

    The incomparable Mark Steyn deals in some depth with your first point, Gloria, arguing we in the West are making a grave error by kow-towing to these thugs. The forced conversion and meek acceptance of indignity after the fact may seem trivial, but the willingness with which some of us submitt carries meaning and context the Islamists don’t miss:

    …for the Fox journalists and the Western media who reported their release, what’s the big deal? Wear robes, change your name to Khaled, go on camera and drop Allah’s name hither and yon: If that’s your ticket out, seize it. Everyone’ll know it’s just a sham.

    But that’s not how the al-Jazeera audience sees it. If you’re a Muslim, the video is anything but meaningless. Not even the dumbest jihadist believes these infidels are suddenly true believers. Rather, it confirms the central truth Osama and the mullahs have been peddling — that the West is weak, that there’s nothing — no core, no bedrock — nothing it’s not willing to trade.

    He concludes with the sobering thought that “to the Islamist mind, a society with nothing to die for is already dead.”

  6. Chaim says:

    Shana tova!

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