Volume 95, Issue 91

Tuesday, March 26, 2002
 
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OPINIONS

Lackies of the almighty CNN

Mismanagement

War and peace

Lackies of the almighty CNN

Re: "Peace beats war, life beats death," Mar. 22

To the Editor:

Before I proceed, I would like to make it clear that I have no religious or ethnic ties to Palestine or Israel.

Shauna Silver and Anatoly Dvorkin's blatantly biased views are the most one-sided assessments of Mid-East violence that I've heard in a long time and to use their own words are, "ignorant and unproductive."

They neatly focus on the violent acts of the Palestinians and fail to acknowledge any violence on the side of Israel. Regarding Palestinian suicide bombers, they state, "there is no greater violation of peace and life than blowing up innocent teenagers in a mall or a night club."

To that, I'd say there is no greater violation of peace and life than using such incidents as justification for invading West Bank towns and shooting innocent Palestinian teenagers.

Needless to say this is a circular argument, but where Silver and Dvorkin suggest that Palestinian acts of violence are the catalysts of such circular retaliation, I would not.

It's the chicken and the egg. My favourite part of their letter was when they state, "how can Israel be expected to make peace with people who do not even recognize its right to exist?" One could just as easily ask, how can Palestine be expected to make peace with people who do not even recognize its right to exist?

Silver and Dvorkin's letter is a direct reflection, no, regurgitation of the American media's opinions on the Mideast situation. It is easier for the Americans to take side with Israel and condemn Palestine's actions because it justifies their 'war on terror.'

I play devil's advocate in this letter just to show how easy it is to pass blame without being critical. I think Silver and Dvorkin should assess both sides of the situation before laying blame.

I think Silver and Dvorkin should try thinking critically and thinking for themselves, instead of thinking what CNN wants them to think.

Matthew Maher

Anthropology IV




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