Dateline: Seattle, Washington. Or, as I like to mockingly call it, Ecotopia.
The city that unleashed upon the world such horrors as Courtney Love, Microsoft, and Starbucks Coffee, was being invaded for Christmas.
The signs of the Christmas invasion were everywhere… mostly because the invasion’s signs actually were signs, on the sides of public transportation buses.
The innocuously-named “Seattle Mideast Awareness Group,” whose stated goal was to
“…ensure that our tax dollars go towards worthy causes, not to sustain immoral, illegal, internationally-condemned actions,”
which, when translated from Lawyerese is, “to turn public opinion against Israel’s right to defend itself and exist as a state.”
The Mideast Awareness Group was particularly incensed by Israel’s audacity to retaliate against the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, also known as ‘Harakat al-Muqawamat al-Islamiyya,’ or the ‘Islamic Resistance Movement,’ during 2008’s so-called “Gaza War.” The group’s ads, originally slated to start running on the second anniversary of the War, trotted out the trusty progressive talking-point that Israel was an international war criminal, because of… well, I’m sure there’s some reason why they’re war criminals.
When the David Horowitz Freedom Center learned of this ad campaign, they wasted no time. As the big guy himself, David Horowitz, put it, Seattle’s notorious for this sort of nonsense:
“Seattle is notoriously a hotbed of support for Islamic Nazis. Their martyr is Rachel Corrie and their modus operandi is conducting hate campaigns against Jews and Americans masquerading as campaigns for Palestinian rights.”
The Freedom Center purchased ad space on Seattle buses, but with a twist: the ad was a near-copy of the pro-Hamas advertisement, but with the tagline “Palestinian War Crimes: Your Tax Dollars At Work,” instead. Photos of Israeli civilians who were killed by Palestinian suicide bombers during the Second Intifada were included in the Freedom Center ads. Presumably realizing that, if the Awareness Center’s ads were enough to make people take out rebuttal ads in response, then the makings of a firestorm were in the works—King County came to its senses and rejected the anti-Israel ad campaign.
The grinches had been stopped, by virtue of wanting to avoid controversy. Of course, if they didn’t want controversy, then King County should never have accepted the pro-terrorist advertisements in the first place, but as they say, “a win’s a win”…
As FrontPageMag.com’s Rich Trzupek reports, King County attorneys advised Seattle Metro authorities to not run the pro-Pally ads, but they ignored their better judgements, and the advice of Title 28, section 96.210 of King County Code, and did so anyway.
Of course, if it wasn’t for the Freedom Center, groups such as pro-Israel StandWithUs, and the many protestors who voiced their displeasure with the Seattle Metro, we wouldn’t be talking about this, because no one in Seattle would have seen a problem with lying, anti-Israel ads on public transportation. Call it willful ignorance, call it a blind eye turned, or call it tacit approval; the fact remains that if you want change in the world, you have to fight and argue for it. If it wasn’t for the quick and decisive campaign launched by Horowitz and others, the “splodeydope agenda” would have been advanced by the naifs in King County government.
The buses of Ecotopia are safe from pro-terrorist propaganda campaigns, for now. But, eternal vigilance is Western Civilization’s price of freedom from terrorists, their sympathizers, and the useful idiots that enable their jihad.
Jesse Hathaway survived the progressive re-education camps of Ohio University and the People’s Republik of Athens, and now lives and blogs in beautiful Myrtle Beach, SC. Follow him on Teh Twitter, and become part of his Right Turns Only posse.