Friday, May 23, 2003

The Culture: You don't see that picture in the news

Rachel Corrie, the 23-year-old terrorist sympathizer from Olympia, Washington who was killed in an attempt to obstruct an Israeli bulldozer in March has become the new patron saint of Palestine, complete with internet shrines, the publishing of her e-mails to her family about her anti-Israeli activism and other such propaganda. Little Green Footballs reports on how Naomi Klein in the Toronto Globe and Mail has the audacity to compare Corrie with Private Jessica Lynch.

Trouble is, the deification of Corrie fails to account for this little picture.

Somehow, I doubt Jessica Lynch burned American flags while surrounded by children.

Corrie's own words damned her enough, but if this picture is accurate, it reveals an angry woman light-years apart from the sweet little activist her admirers belive her to be.

I take no glee in this story. I am saddened by this. Corrie could have worked for peace. She could have called for an end to terrorist attacks. She could have educated children that one's ethnic heritage does not define them. But instead, she did just the opposite.

What a waste.

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