What is the word that springs into a normal human's mind when you look at this photo of one of the Mumbai jihadis, who was then in the process of murdering at least 130 innocent people? Go ahead, finish the sentence with one word--multiple choice:
"This man looks very...
The answer, of course, is ANY or ALL of the above...But not for NBC's Richard Engel, who apparently just defined himself out of the "normal human" category when he appeared on the NBC Nightly News on Nov. 26. No, for Engel, what touched his heart about this photo was that the mass murderer was so very..."YOUNG." [Here's the vid--check it out at 2:16]
Oh, brother, we in trouble.
There is just so much wrong with this attitude, it's hard to know where to begin. And notice his wrap-up at the very end. What words does he choose to convey the diabolical hatred that inspires these filthy mass murderers--"fanatical"? "ultra-religious zealots"? "ruthless?" Oh, no, these butchers were..."very dedicated."
And who could ever be against "dedication," right?
On the other hand, truly "dedicated" wonderful people who were murdered by these Islamists are subtly defamed and dehumanized. Lubavitcher Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivkah had their lives stolen by the jihadis for the crime of being Jewish. The Lubavitch are an inspiring (and need I add, "peaceful") group of Orthodox Jews who specialize in education and outreach to Jews--yes, even those in Mumbai, India-- who wish to learn more about Judaism and its roots. Yet in every news story about the Mumbai atrocities I've read, they are referred to as "ultra-orthodox."
Is "ultra" ever a good thing in a news story? Is it ever as good as being "dedicated?"
Why do we accept this routine description of Lubavitch members as "ULTRA" orthodox? Who determines why this label is slapped on a dedicated, peaceful Jewish organization? Richard Engel?
This linguistic inversion is a subtle but insidious justification for their murders, make no mistake, like calling Jews in Hebron "settlers." It's all in keeping with what seems to be a new motto from our lamestream media: "Making the world safer for Jew-killers, one headline at a time." And they've been up to it at least as far back as June 1967.
Rabbi Holtzberg and his wife, l'shullum, are survived by their son, Moshe. Here is his photo--now that's what I call "looking very young," Mr. Engel.
UPDATE: My homey Yaacov performs his typical great and touching analysis of the Mumbai terror attacks at his "Breath of the Beast" site.