Where is the Outrage?

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Thursday, May 16, 2002

Where is the Outrage?

The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem was ransacked by Palestinian gunmen. According to four Greek Orthodox priests who were trapped inside with them, the gunmen guzzled beer, wine and scotch and "ate like greedy monsters" until the food ran out, while 150 others went hungry.

Imagine if a so-called Muslim holy place had been dishonored and disfigured in this way by Jews or Christians. There would have been riots in the streets. Besides, I thought Muslims were not supposed to drink alcohol.

Where is the outrage? Where is the editorial and diplomatic response denouncing this behavior?

Several European governments have accepted the 13 gunmen, some of who are alleged to have killed Americans, as asylum-seekers. The rationale given by the Irish government, which is taking one of them, is that they haven’t been tried in Israel. That's because the deal worked out allowed them to escape justice. It's just more of the double standard applied in much of the Middle East where killers and defacers of Jews and Christians and their property get special treatment. I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.