Sunday, February 19, 2012

Today's phrase? Moral equivalence: Syria versus Egypt (Video)

Today I present a different approach and provide the conclusion first!

So while the Obama fundraising machine was grinding non-stop in January bringing in $29.1 million, the President needs to remember that the job description of President of the United States includes more than simply campaigning for reelection and telling the American public what you have polled to discover that they want to hear!

Can somebody please remind this President about national security and "credible" foreign policy that's actually formulated in order to potentially get the job done! Working towards achieving that policy while protecting the nation and the American people, actually is in his job description!

The media also has something to remember about the job it is tasked to do. The MSM needs to reexamine its job description that does not include the creating of a news story in order to drive ratings (i.e. the death and funeral of Whitney Houston), but to report the news. In actually achieving this, the MSM earns a failing grade!

While the world looks on Syria, led by dictator Bashar al-Assad, is systematically murdering innocent civilians!

It's ironic how just yesterday the question of something I termed mortal equivalence came up. It came up comparing the non-stop, 24/7 global media coverage of the Whitney Houston death and funeral relative to the treatment of any other celebrity and military death.

Now, just one day later, we need to examine the phrase of moral equivalence!

This term is very relevant when you compare and contrast the events that took place in Egypt's "Arab Spring" to what is taking place now in Syria.

Egypt's "Arab Spring"

If you remember in Egypt there were of immediate and very loud demands by the world community (led by Barack Obama) for Hosni Mubarak to step down based on the events surrounding a somewhat contrived democratic uprising termed "Arab Spring" and the mostly peaceful demonstrations in Tahrir Square.

And of course at the same time there was non-stop coverage of the event provided to the world by the mainstream media.

Why this global focus on Egypt?

Because this was an event that had everything a politician and the media could dream of. It was a popular uprising that had garnered huge support from the global community in part due to social media, that was taking place in one contained location (easy and relatively inexpensive coverage) and that was for the most part peaceful but also provided snippets of violence to provide 30-second sound-bites and maintain interest and the public anger.

Forget about the fact that once Mubarak stepped down it was fairly obvious to most that the end result was going to be an Islamist takeover of the government, great danger for Israel and the destabilization of the region!

Some crises are just to good for a politician to pass up, particularly our own politician-in-chief!

The Syrian civilian slaughter

This made for television aspect of the Egyptian uprising does not seem to exist in the Syrian crisis.

In Syria there is limited global attention, the media is reporting the story but has not become as engaged in the cause for reasons most likely having to do with logistics and cost and therefore the story does not have the legs of an "Arab Spring" or of a place called Tahrir Square.

And no romantic name placed on this akin to a Facebook Revolution.

In Syria, while there have been international calls by world leaders for Bashar al-Assad to step-down, these calls seem somewhat less insistent and urgent and demonstrate a somewhat more laissez faire attitude than that which existed in Egypt.

This is the case despite a systematic military attack on Syrian cities (Homs in particular) that includes the killing of civilians totaling in the neighborhood of 5,000.

"On the edge of the largest rebel-held enclave in western Syria, it already has troops of President Bashar al-Assad's army pinning it from three sides.

Now, defectors say, the regime is preparing a new and final assault, digging in artillery at checkpoints along the highway and preparing for a bombardment of its civilian population..." (Source)

And although Bashar al-Assad was and remains a brutal dictator, some in the media have painted a somewhat different picture focusing instead on the leaders family life and glamorous wife.

So why do some stories have legs and capture the imaginations of people around the world while other stories, just as powerful, don't garner the same public outrage, headlines or television coverage?

Ratings, money and politics?

Video: Theo Spark

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