Friday, January 20, 2006

Sympathy For The Devil

Rather than tell us about the innocent victims of terrorism, the New York Times would rather humanize a monster, and sympathize with his family and friends who believe that the would-be killer is a martyr.
Sami Antar, 21, in his second year of physical education studies at An Najah University here, left the apartment at 8 a.m. Thursday. In the afternoon, he blew himself up on behalf of the militant group Islamic Jihad in Tel Aviv, in a zone of shops and restaurants, but killed only himself. About 20 Israelis, ordinary people going about their daily business, were wounded, one of them seriously.
Assem, another friend and relative, has a baby face, which ran with tears. He hugged a woman in black.

"He's a martyr," she cried.

"But he's gone," Assem replied. His cellphone rang. He answered in English: "I'm sorry, I can't come now, because one of my friends became a martyr."
We should be thankful that the only person killed was Sami Antar, although he did cause many injuries. What effect does terrorism have on the friends and families of its victims? I'd rather read about that. Instead, the NY Times gives us the eulogy of a terrorist.