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The Unbearable Lightness of Freedom of Speech

29. maj 2024 - International - af Morten Uhrskov

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It is truly a case of shortcomings relating to freedom of speech, when mainstream media proceed to relativize the atrociousness of Hamas and the right of Israel to defend itself in a war against Hamas.

This has been said before, surely, by others than this signature, but it does deserve a regular and repeted mentioning. Real freedom of speech is hampered, if a massive majority of established media gets away with relativizing two sides of a conflict, at a time where reality is, that an abysmal difference existists between them.

This is of course a war of Israel against a terror organization, which employs methods of kind, which leaves one wondering whether these people are members of the species homo sapiens. I desist from watching those video’s, which florish all over the internet, but I can easily understand why the Israeli military has decided to have journalists watch some of it. How ever gruesome it must be to attend.

In spite of this, one gets on a daily basis an impression, that Israel is targeted all along, just because they are retaliating. Time and again one listens to ‘experts’, who warn us, that Israel has to watch out, that it does not commit any war crimes, if they have not already done so.

It is seldom advanced, that Hamas has commited such crimes since October 7, and that they intend to continue to do so ad infinitum, as long as this terror organization exists. Fact is, that it is not qualified as a war crime to bomb military targets under condition, that all means are used to seek to avoid civilian targets during the attack. But in reality this is made impossible by the habitual use of Hamas of civilians as a shield, as they cynically and unfortunately succesfully hope, that world opinion will turn against Israel.

Many international media as well as Danish ones are highly responsible for the fact, that we have arrived in a situation, where all too many people think, that the two sides in the conflict are equally at fault. This is a matter of deficiency in freedom of speech, different from those earlier obvious attempts we have seen to stiffle unpopular criticism of prevailing paradigms. 

Personally this signature count only one class of citizens inferior in his estimation than politicians generally speaking, to wit journalists, generally speaking.

transl. lrb