An Inclusive Litany


A caption for a photo by the Reuters news agency, again, December 9, 2001:
Members of Hamas pray during a rally held at Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp near the port-city of Sidon in south Lebanon, December 9, 2001. Palestinians poured into the streets in Lebanon on Sunday to mark the 14th anniversary of the founding of the militant Palestinian Islamist group Hamas.
A caption from the Associated Press, describing a photo of the same scene:
A group of Hamas suicide bombers, with fake dynamite strapped around their chests, parade at the el-Hilweh refugee camp near the southern Lebanese city of Sidon on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001, during an anti-Israel demonstration organized by Hamas to mark the 14th anniversary of its founding. The group said they hoped to join their Hamas colleagues in Palestinian areas to carry out suicide attacks against Israel.

[Ed.: Reuters, which announced that in order to be thoroughly even-handed it would not use the word "terrorist" to characterize the September 11 hijackers, later reported—after Israelis intercepted a large hidden cache of weapons destined for Palestinian militants—that a State Department official "said the United States, which gives Israel about $2 billion a year in weaponry used to kill Palestinians, objected to the $100 million shipment to the Palestinians on the grounds that it contributed to the escalation of violence." (Emphasis added.) Another dispatch from Kabul refers to Osama bin Laden as the American forces' "bogeyman."]

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