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Wednesday, May 15, 2002  

Anonymous Article Helps Sullivan et al. Save Face

Today's edition of "The Daily Dish" at provides an approving link to a strange story in today's edition of the Washington Times.

The article, "'Greedy Monsters' Ruled Church," which was published with no cited author, provides an account of the conditions inside the Church of the Nativity, and the alleged behavior of the Palestinians holed up in that church for 39 days, that is unlike any report carried by any other major newspaper we have seen.

So discordant is this account with that provided by first-hand witnesses that together with the lack of authorship and its placement in the largely disregarded Times, raises a number of questions.

But not for Sullivan. The Peretz Protegé writes: "Imagine if a bunch of Jewish soldiers, in a tense street-battle, had used a mosque as a sanctuary. Now, imagine that they had boozed it up, wrecked the joint [sic], and left to enjoy a safe international exile. Do you think we would have heard the last of it? But the same [sic] is done by Palestinian terrorists in one of the holiest shrines in Christianity and the world media barely bats an eyelid. Where's the outrage? Or has it all been used up on the Jews?"

We are still among those who hope Sullivan will someday get off his knees and demonstrate at least a modicum of independent thought when it comes to observing and commenting upon matters relating to Israel, his bona fides within the ultra-Zionist community having been well established years ago. Alas, that day has not yet come.

Until then, we would expect Sullivan to at least properly identify the church upon which the Israeli Defense Force laid siege for nearly six weeks, namely, the Church of the Nativity, which is located in Bethlehem, not the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to which he refers, which is located in Jerusalem.

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