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August 08, 2006

Hezbollah leader

When I saw your front-page article about Hezbollah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, I thought I was in Tehran instead of Kansas (8/3, A-1, “Leader hailed as hero: The war has made Hassan Nasrallah even more popular in the Arab world”).

You have to be mentally ill to put an article like that on the front page of an American newspaper. The Nazis hailed Adolf Hitler as a hero. The Islamic world hailed the 9/11 hijackers as heroes. Islam hails suicide bombers as heroes. Of course, Nasrallah is hailed as hero of the Muslim world. With your help he will be hailed as hero of the civilized world.

Gorman Stanley
Lone Elm, Kan.

Comments

GCYL

“Don't fault them for being ignorant though” – big dreamer

Yes we can and yes we will. Their willful perpetuation of ignorance through intimidation and violence can no longer be excused.

“and don't fault the Star's reporters for publishing HALF the facts.”

Yes we can and yes we will. Outside of an editorial column, why should we accept half the facts? Is this part of that comedy one liner about facts being liberal? ‘Cause I’m not laughing over the implication here.

“News media is good at publishing only half the facts.”

Only surpassed by their consumer’s willingness to accept it. Sadly consumers today are becoming more “enlightened” on which news media gives them half of the facts that they want to hear rather than becoming more outraged over getting just half of the facts.

big dreamer

Because they are generating sympathy for a bunch of rogue bullies who are no better than the school yard bully who picks a fight every day. Basically, the radical Muslim world's motto is "Death to the West" or Death to Western Ideals. They do not want to give freedom because the Men there like to be in control. It is a patriarchial society. In the West, women have gained a great deal of power and freedom compared to the archaic Muslim world.
Don't fault them for being ignorant though and don't fault the Star's reporters for publishing HALF the facts. News media is good at publishing only half the facts.

Kate

From the KC Star article: “For years, Nasrallah’s speeches have been watched across the Middle East on Hezbollah’s satellite television station, al Manar.”

Interestingly, the article contains no quotes from Nasrallah’s speeches to give us an understanding of what kind of a person he is and what his message is.

From speeches aired on Al-Manar TV on February 18 and 19, 2005: "Israel is our enemy. This is an aggressive, illegal, and illegitimate entity, which has no future in our land. Its destiny is manifested in our motto: 'Death to Israel.'" And “Our motto, which we are not afraid to repeat year after year, is: 'Death to America!'

I wonder why the Star article left out these details.

 
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