Lies were a foundation of the dhimma. The dhimmis were taught to lie and accept being lied to in order to survive: they had to praise the goodness and tolerance of their masters, who themselves were already adept at kidding themselves and others. All this is still going on. Joel Mowbray writes in Frontpage (thanks to EPG):
Facts are stubborn things-except when you create your own.
When I was asked about the “Jenin Massacre” by a Muslim student during an event at Old Dominion last week, it became clear we were coming from two very different perspectives: reality vs. mythology.
There was no “Jenin Massacre.” Period. The only “massacre” that took place at Jenin was that of the truth.
Palestinians, long masters of media manipulation, went by the hundreds to foreign media-whom Israel kept outside of the armed conflict-to claim that over 500 innocents had been slaughtered. The man at the front of the prevarication parade was longtime Arafat sidekick Saeb Erekat, giving breathless accounts in interviews with CNN and other outlets.
The international media was in a tizzy, and most of the world fell for the lie. Only after the smoke had cleared and outsiders allowed in did the truth come out.
56 Palestinians had died, but 47 of them were armed. The civilian casualties were at a minimum because Israeli soldiers went door-to-door and put their own lives at risk. Their caution cost 23 young Israelis their lives.
Even the United Nations-which had initially condemned the “massacre”-eventually determined that there had been no massacre. Yet to this day, Jenin is a rallying cry for Muslims around the world, particularly on college campuses in the United States. And Old Dominion is no different.
When I explained that there had been no massacre, some of the Muslim students expressed palpable disbelief, others snickered. Belief in the mythology of Jenin was not limited to that one student.
The student who asked the question did engage me in conversation afterward, and it was readily apparent that he is bright, even hyper-articulate. He could run circles around two-thirds of the successful people inside the beltway. Headed for law school in the fall, he seems destined to be a leader. But that is what’s most troubling…
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