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The Aftermath of Mumbai

Thursday, December 4, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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Conversations with Christopher Hitchens (transcript here, podcast here);

Robert Kaplan (transcript here, podcast here); and

Douglas Frantz (transcript here)

Background on the greater war in which the attacks on Mumbai are just the latest chapter in The War Against the West.

The War Against the West

Hitchens admits to being “very depressed by the parochialism of our media,” and the speed with which the MSM has left the story of the attacks on Mumbai is astonishing. It is the same war that is being waged in Iraq and Afghanistan, and which has struck in Madrid, London and of course again and again in Israel. Imagine if the world had stopped covering 9/11 a week later. That is pretty much what we are seeing in the American media right now. Is the subject too complicated for them?

Yesterday’s New York Times carried a fine column by Thomas Friedman which asked:

[I]f 10 young Indians from a splinter wing of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party traveled by boat to Pakistan, shot up two hotels in Karachi and the central train station, killed at least 173 people, and then, for good measure, murdered the imam and his wife at a Saudi-financed mosque while they were cradling their 2-year-old son -purely because they were Sunni Muslims -where would we be today?

There is a related question for American MSM: If a European city had been the scene of a slaughter on par with that in Mumbai, would you be covering it with greater interest and detail than you are covering India?

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