Mona Charen puts the outrage over palestnian (gazans) deaths in perspective of other downtrodden peoples.
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They are estimating that as many as 1,000 Gazans (unverified) may have been killed and many more wounded by Israel's counterattack against Hamas' missiles that have rained down on southern Israel's schools, homes, and businesses for several years.
Every innocent human life lost is a tragedy and a horror. But to watch the news in Brussels or Boston and certainly in Islamabad or Caracas, you will get the distorted impression that the Palestinian plight is the worst on earth -- an impression that is reinforced almost daily by the United Nations.
Since the start of 2007, 16,000 civilians have been killed in fighting. Not in Gaza, so you may have missed it. It was in Somalia, where an Islamist movement is fighting Ethiopian troops. This is the 18th year of civil strife in that country.
In Sri Lanka, some 70,000 people have perished in a civil war that has flared on and off since 1983. The regime in Myanmar (formerly Burma) has killed thousands and forced an estimated 800,000 into involuntary servitude.
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) 45,000 people are dying every month. Nearly 5 and a half million have died since 1998 in a conflict that grew out of the violence in Rwanda and spread. Half of those deaths were of children under the age of 5, according to the International Rescue Committee. The violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has caused more human devastation than any conflict since World War II.
In Darfur, Sudan, more than 200,000 people have been killed and 2.5 million made homeless by violence.
To cite these sad data is not to suggest that suffering is tolerable in any particular case -- but merely to observe that the world is strangely blinkered in the tragedies to which it responds