Friday, February 29, 2008

Uh, Maybe 'Holocaust' Is a Poor Choice of Words

How about we'll open a can of whoop-ass, we'll obliterate them, we'll send them off to meet the virgins? Any of these are preferable to invoking the word holocaust.

Because no matter how this is spun, you're going to have the worldwide media freaking out, and that just doesn't help the cause.

Believe me, I'm as sympathetic with the plight of the Israelis as anyone could be. But this just isn't going to help.
An Israeli minister gave warning today that the army may unleash a “holocaust” on the Gaza Strip if Islamists there do not end their daily barrages of home-made Qassam rockets and their increasing use of Iranian-built Grad missiles.

"The more Qassam fire intensifies and the rockets reach a longer range, they will bring upon themselves a bigger holocaust because we will use all our might to defend ourselves," Matan Vilnai, the Deputy Defence Minister said.

The use of the term "holocaust” is usually restricted to descriptions of the Nazi genocide of the Jews in Europe in the Second World War, and many Israelis resent its use in any other context. Mr Vilnai’s deployment of the word appeared to show Israel’s growing frustration that Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza refuse to curb their attacks, despite heavy tolls inflicted in Israeli air strikes and tank raids.
Just this week, we've had the Palis parading dead babies around for the photographers and the media willingly laps it up. Seemingly every headline notes that children, babies or youths were killed in airstrikes.

Stop and think how the media will use your words, and act accordingly.

Then beat their asses back to the stone age.
Israeli defence officials said that preparations for a big ground offensive to storm Gaza and break Hamas have been completed, but that they are waiting for improved weather conditions to begin what many predict would be a hugely bloody offensive into the crowded streets of Gaza’s cities and refugee slums.
Naturally, the media-savvy Hamas goons respond like only they know how.
Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri said of Vilnai's comments: "We are facing new Nazis who want to kill and burn the Palestinian people."

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