Wednesday, August 29, 2007

So, Now I'm An "Inflamer"?

Christiane Amanpour said it:-

"The Jewish settlements have inflamed much of the Muslim world."

So, she inflames me. Nu.

But someone else was perturbed, someone who thought that Amanpour was broadcasting journalism that was "ultimately shoddy journalism".

Newsbusters reports that

MSNBC Live with Dan Abrams, host and MSNBC General Manager Abrams attacked last Monday CNN's series God's Warriors for "a defense of Islamic fundamentalism and the worst type of moral relativism," and as "shameful advocacy masked as journalism," quipping that series host Christiane Amanpour "avoided getting bogged down in objectivity."

Abrams further took exception with Amanpour for comparing those who support Israel's defense strategy to Muslim terrorists: "Christians and Jews, for example, who support Israel's strategy for self-defense are just as much God's warriors, according to Amanpour, as the Islamic radicals who blow themselves and others up in an effort to destroy the world as we know it."

After contending that Amanpour attempted to "understand" violent Muslim fundamentalists without trying to "understand" evangelical Christians and Israelis, Abrams played a clip of Amanpour in which she "blames the warrior Jews" for the anger of radical Muslims. Amanpour: "Muslims, like people everywhere, abhor terrorism. The small minority who resorts to violence is symptomatic of something many of us have failed to understand: the impact of God's Jewish warriors goes far beyond these rocky hills. The Jewish settlements have inflamed much of the Muslim world."

Of course, if you want to use the verb "inflame" what do you do when faced with the fact that it is Arab terrorists who are inflaming Jews, literally. Molotov cocktails and other firebombs, suicide bombers, etc. We are the ones inflamed.

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