As FAIR has noted before (e.g., Extra!, 1/17; FAIR.org, 4/2/18), the term “clash” is almost always used to to launder power asymmetry and give the reader the impression of two equal warring sides. It obscures power dynamics and the nature of the conflict itself, e.g., who instigated it and what weapons if any were used.
The Israelis have been murdering innocent people so long, they wouldn’t know how to have a fair fight.
Funny how that also describes the U.S. perfectly too.
I don’t have a problem with the media calling the fighting between the white nationalists and ant-fa in Charlottesville a “clash.” A dictionary defines a clash as “to come into conflict.” Charlottesville could aptly be described as a physical clash once the fighting started. I don’t see any ulterior motive in using the word clash in that circumstance. The white nationalist who ran down protesters and killed one was not involved in a clash at the time. That was an act of violence against peaceful demonstrators.
"The power asymmetry is one of the largest of any conflict in the world" And wealth asymetry!
“Western media still clings” to the propaganda the overwhelmingly stronger and wealthier party, pushes on the world - but media and favorable language, making the “clashes” somehow seem less than a massacre and racism of an entire people - a grand lie told over and over for decades to justify war crimes and ethnic cleansing on a vast scale…
in this case over 100 snipers were sent to the Gaza Israel border to execute and maim unarmed Palestinians in he “clashes”!
The subversion of US foreign policy and manipulation/purchase of US media/press to spread the pro-Israel line has reached deep into American democracy, to our great shame and loss!
When a fully armed state up to and including a nuclear arsenal and large standing army confronts an overwhelmingly civilian adversary attempting to counter the racist expulsion and killings of the army, the outcome is not in doubt. that the US chooses to defend the stronger and denigrate the weaker it says much about the US and our elected reps/politicians, as well as “religious” community…
Cold blooded murder and brutal intimidation are the only words to describe what is happening in Gaza.
It is murder and if Israelis don’t prosecute the soldiers it is a war crime. Call it murder and war crimes.
The mainstream American media is pretty much Israel’s tool.
And they’ll be cheerleading for Israel and boo-hooing the Iranian boogieman all the way up to the eminent full-spectrum, Mideast ‘clash’ that ranges from Pakistan to the Mediterranean.
Investment tip: Body bags and fall out shelters.
Now we are getting hot. Words have meaning and oligarchs have used them with great skill against humanist progressives interested in social cohesion, justice and healthy communities.
Here are other such words used by the rich to maintain control over the people they have stolen from.
Oil spill means gargantuan gusher of goo killing everything alive for a hundred miles.
Traditional agriculture is a term used to describe mechanized chemical war against Earth to shove humans off the land and then use migrant slave labor to raise poison food that shortens human life and harms the health of children and their parents.
Mainstream media means sophisticated high level liars paid big bucks by Hollywood to convince people that mainstream economics is science proving the 99% deserve to be poor cannon fodder.
Privatization is when the mayor sells community wealth to a corporation, cheap.
Democracy means voting once in a while. Modern politicians who hold office for many years via bribes from corporatists have convinced themselves and most people that representative democracy is democracy.
Nation of laws is upper class mumbo jumbo garble that neatly excludes any notion of justice; do what the law says or you are punished like a Palestinian who believes life should be fun and good.
No, it isn’t a ‘clash’ between protesters and the IDF. Just watch the calm chitchat between IDF snipers as they coolly discuss the selection of an unarmed victim a hundred yards away. Only the most arduous apologists for what Israel has become can put their ample blinders on and defend the indefensible.
Why is it OK for Jews to discriminate against non-Jews, and then complain about antisemitism if their discrimination is pointed out? Israel is self-proclaimed as a State of, by and for Jews. Discrimination is fundamental, with Palestinians being its main victims, but our support, and our turning a blind eye to its fundamental injustice and its brutal murderous methods, sullies us.
Very nicely put!
The “mainstream media” have made the “clash” word essentially meaningless. What Israel is doing is definitely not a “clash”, any more than Kent State was a “clash”, or any more than My Lai was a “clash”. All of these events were murder of innocents.