The Haunting Logan Photo As Metaphor
We don’t know the details of the “brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating” of CBS News correspondent Lara Logan in Tahrir Square as the Egyptian crowd celebrated the resignation of Hosni Mubarek, but we know enough.
Among the things we know is that the night before the attack Logan had been accused by Egyptian police of being an Israeli agent, and that the crowd shouted “Jew! Jew!” as it attacked her, similar to chants of death to the Jews outside a synagogue in Tunisia.
One of the haunting aspects of the reported story is that photo of Logan in the moments before the attack, as the angry crowd swirled around her and she seemed to recognize that she was in trouble.
We don’t know enough yet to say if any of the young men in the photo were the attackers, but the looks on their faces and their gestures suggest they were out for something more than celebration.
This photo says so much not only about the crime, but about the Middle East.
The photo is a metaphor for how the Israelis must feel surrounded by countries which, whether they have made peace with Israel or not, have populations that could easily rise up against the Jews much as the crowd in Tahrir Square so suddenly turned on Logan.
There is no appeasing such crowds. Someone please tell Obama.
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timb . . . No sane person wants a war.
And, as an American, I am not concerned with an American President fully complying with the strictures of international law, so long as any such stricture does not bind us to a violation of our American constitutional requirements and values . . . and to our treaty obligations, as duly ratified by the United States Senate.
But perhaps you would do well to remind a considerable number of others of the strictures of UN 242.
It was not then, and it is not now a roadmap for a "one way street" intended only as a prescription for adherence to by one of the parties.
And, while you're at it, do you suppose you could possibly explain what this following sentence of yours means? You've got me by the sneaker!
The only Israel has to fear is that a) Likud-ites in America will stop running the Republican government or b) the Palestinians will the demographic war in 35-50 years.
Bob Holt at New Jersey Newsroom, an on-line newsgathering organization (where many former reporters let go by papers publish their stories) focuses on the curious non-participating role played by al Jazeera in the coverage of this story.
"Al Jazeera English did not report on the attack against Logan. Al Jazeera English said no to the story, even as it became the top story for a 24 hour news period.
According to the network, they did not report on the story because reporters cannot be part of the story and should never lead a news piece. Interesting because throughout the 18 days of the Egyptian revolution, they talked about the rise in attacks, the arrests, the detentions and the violence directed against their very own staff."
In Egyptian eyes Logan is "uncovered meat", in other words no better than a prostitute.
That is the reality of the situation and it is the reality of the way that these people think.
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