What is it with female reporters of international news organizations weeping over dead terrorists? First we had the BBC's Barabra Plett saying on the air in 2004 when Yasser Arafat was dying that "... when the helicopter carrying the frail old man rose above his ruined compound, I started to cry... without warning." Now we have CNN's Octavia Nasr twittering that she was "Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah... One of Hezbollah’s giants I respect a lot."
The difference between the two cases? Plett kept her job and the Beeb defended her, while CNN fired Nasr forthwith, despite her explanation that what she respected about Fadlallah was his progressive views on women's rights. (Tom Lehrer once remarked that satire died the day Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize... but it dies anew every day.) The reason for this difference, of course, is that Chairman Keffiyah was only interested in murdering Jews, while Fadlallah's beloved Hezbollah also murders Americans, which is Not Acceptable And May Even Qualify As Terrorism. Although who knows... Nasr may soon be acclaimed as a woman ahead of her time if the Obama Administration's professional appeasers get their way and start "engaging" with the "political wing" of Hezbollah. If they do, may the memory of hundreds of dead U.S. Marines, embassy officials and CIA Case Officer William Buckley be a curse upon their foolish heads.