Note: This post was originally a private e-mail sent to me by Jogo, posted here with permission. Like all guest posts here, it does not represent Bob's view.
The day OBL was killed, I got this email from my liberal cousin Mark W. in Boston
"The celebrations in the streets of America eerily reminded me of the footage from the streets of the Middle East following the World Trade Center attack. Although there is no moral equivalence, of course, a "strange ambivalence" came over me, watching college students and military cadets alike celebrating the death of bin Laden as one might the Red Sox winning the World Series."This was my reply.
The selective eye of the media strikes again. Did you see celebrations and street parties in your neighborhood? Well, I did not see them in mine, either. I suspect there were a number of apeshit-prone bars and frat houses that provided the TV cameras with their daily dose of Dumbshit-Americans Fodder for that day. Of course this fodder goes directly to Pakistan, Gaza and Somalia, where TV-audiences see hate-spewing herds of decadent, stupid Americans leering and salivating, cans of beer in their fists. But what about the W--- family? Are they on the nightly news?
The immature story-tellers of the America media-megaplex -- who are only medium-literate in the Great Stories, and mostly products of "journalism" programs in commieprof-dominated academia -- love symmetry (e.g., Ahmed dances with joy, Chuckie dances with joy); they love to magnify the deeds of some (e.g., border-vigilantes, homo-haters) into the deeds of many; they love weirdos (e.g., Fred Phelps, Charles Manson). And other cheap devices.
Of course I can see the "eerie" resemblance of celebrants Chuckie & Pals to the swarms of shit-finger Arab monkeys dancing with joy after 9-11. But -- even assuming the OBL dance was widespread in America (which I am not convinced of) -- a Death Dance for a Satan-worshiping orchestrator of an insane apocalyptic nightmare, and a Death Dance for 3000 office-workers are two very different things. (Very different moral things, may I add.)
Media-savvy people know that the pictures of USA-USA celebrants were CHOSEN. There is a word for this: fake news. Oh sure, the pictures are real, but ... did the TV cameras come to your street in Newton? Did they come to my barrio, looking for drunk revelers? That particular footage was chosen to have two desired effects -- a] to make Americans cringe at themselves; b] to give aid and comfort to our enemies (by depicting what Equivalent Savages we are).
News footage does not just happen. There is not a camera hooked up to the eye of God. News footage is sought out, chosen, edited and selectively presented. "The News" could have featured pictures of, hmm, say, the W--- family, soberly reflecting on the day's event. But the fingers on the media dials and levers did not choose to do that.
Finally, there is a symbolic value and meaning to the killing (by order of POTUS) of Osama bin Ladin. President Obama -- who is an intellectual, rather than a man of action -- is not at ease making decisions on this order of magnitude. I say he is to be honored and supported for making the decision and giving the order to kill a man... especially because so many on the Cringing Left are not supporting him in the fullness of their hearts, and seem not to grasp the weight of his anguish and struggle at this time.