Wednesday, July 19, 2006

But They Look Like "Us"

From Robert Fisk, this morning on Democracy Now:

"Here are the Lebanese people, sophisticated, educated, cosmopolitan, people who don't look like the Arab world, they look like us...and who, when they die in such large numbers, the best we can produce is a call for restraint by the State Department and a claim by the British, our own dear Tony Blair, that the Israelis are using disproportionate force"

Robert Fisk is one of the "good" reporters, one of those who has actually lived in the region for a substantial amount of time and who has dared to repeatedly venture into dangerous zones (both literal and metaphoric) in order to get to the bottom of a story.

But if the best Robert Fisk can do in decrying the Western media's refusal to acknowledge the plight of the Lebanese is to appeal twice in one interview to the fact that the " Lebanese look like us", then the racism that underlies the reporting on the situation is way more deep-seated than I imagined.