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In the Eye of the Beholder

Sitting on the few cushions remaining in the small hilltop house [Hammad's] mother Samya, 42, complied with photographers who clamoured for her to pose with a poster but the house was unadorned with militant propaganda.
Why would 'photographers' want to portray an image that doesn't reflect reality? to demonstrate cold glorification of senseless murder?

β€œHe was a hero and I am proud of Samir but I have suffered from his loss,” she said of her eldest son.

β€œI have seen their soldiers killing our children and destroying our home, making everything bad, so how can I see them sympathetically or kindly?”

The woman is in pain - just like the pain Israelis or Americans feel at the loss of their sons. Or, is that too in the eye of the beholder?


At Wednesday, April 19, 2006, Blogger Red Tulips said...

The woman's pain is real, no doubt. But her son is no hero, and elevating him as such is repulsive. Suicide bombing - aiming at women and children - is a cruel, cruel tactic to use, and never justified against women and children - who the Palestinian suicide bombers routinely aim for. It is also an unfair battle tactic against a soldier, but at least you can claim some justification if it is only the soldier they go after for.


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