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Muslim misperceptions

The Muslim world howls at the injustice of Gaza. But their reaction is inconsistent, while Israel's attacks are surprisingly humane and effective

By Edward Luttwak   January 2009

It seems that world’s media agrees with the majority of the world’s Muslims that the 900 killed by the Israelis in Gaza are more worthy of outrage that than the two hundred thousand African Muslims killed by Arabs in Darfur. As a result, Hamas is encouraged to attract Israeli fire towards civilian targets, by firing weapons from schools and homes, correctly believing that their tactics will not be criticised.

But commentators are missing the point. The Muslims who have been demonstrating in England, Indonesia and many places in between are indifferent to the altogether greater carnage in Darfur because their…

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