This is, of course, the mainstream media. This is the mainstream media that celebrates and lauds people like Feisal Abdul Rauf, Daisy Khan, and Sharif El-Gamal. So this is no surprise. It also is yet another indication of how the American action against Libya is aiding the jihadists there.
“CNN Oddly Celebrates Hero Libyan Suicide Bomber,” by Josh Clark at How Stuff Works, March 25 (thanks to Ray):
So I like to think it’s pretty tough to disgust me. But a piece last night on the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer on CNN managed to come pretty close. The piece in question, which has been thoroughly buried, meaning I can’t dig it up, was a human interest segment on a suicide bomber in Libya. The weird thing, it was done in the same way Western media approaches stories on American troops who jump on grenades to save the rest of their platoon or a the normal guy who loses his life rescuing a kid from a burning building. Except, as I’ve said, this was a suicide bomber.
What made him courageous rather than despicably zealous, as suicide bombers are customarily portrayed in the West, was that this guy, Ahmed Al Mehdi, a 49-year-old oil worker, packed his car full of explosives and drove it as fast as he can into a guard barrier for the interests that Americans are rooting for — namely freedom, namely oil.
The reporter interviewed the man’s children, his wife, and sat with them. They caught up with his best friend, who carried what was left of Al Mehdi from the site of his martyrdom. In the piece, he was called a number of times a “hero.”
“This is where Al Medhi Zu (ph) gave his life. It’s the old military barracks here in Benghazi. It’s pretty much demolished today. But on February 19, rebel fighters had surrounded it, and they were facing heavy fire power. They were trying to get inside these military barracks. They couldn’t. They needed something to shift their momentum.
What Ah Mehdi did was pack his car full of plastic car fuel containers and cooking gas cylinders. And witnesses say he parked his car right over there where the SUV is and prayed and read the Koran for about 30 minutes, and then he sped towards the main gate where he blew himself and his car up.”…