Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Gradstein Celebrates Militarism
In a completely pro-Israeli Defense Forces report Linda Gradstein covers the funeral of Israeli soldier, Yonatan Einhorn, 22, killed Tuesday in heavy fighting with Hezbollah guerillas north of the Israeli border. In the "report" we hear about what a brave, loving, dedicated soldier he was and hear from his friends and family mourning his death. Without any sense of the grotesque, Gradstein mentions that he was part of an elite unit founded by (guess who?)--Ariel Sharon, whose history clearly implicates him as a terrorist and war criminal (implicated in the Sabra and Shatila massacres during Israel's previous invasion of Lebanon). Gradstein opens the piece defensively noting that NPR has covered deaths on both sides of the conflict, but I'll be waiting for the laudatory coverage of a funeral for one of the Hezbollah fighters defending Lebanon from the invaders of their country.