Washington Post Ombudsman Calls Rocket Attacks on Israel a “Bee Sting”

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Apparently 6 dead, 284 injured and hundreds of thousands terrorized is, according to Washington Post Ombudsman, Patrick Pexton are just “bee stings on the Israeli bear’s behind.”

Isn’t that cute.

“I think we can all agree that the Gaza rocket fire is reprehensible and is aimed at terrorizing Israeli civilians. It’s disruptive and traumatic. But let’s be clear: The overwhelming majority of rockets fired from Gaza are like bee stings on the Israeli bear’s behind,” Pexton said. “These rockets are unguided and erratic, and they carry very small explosive payloads; they generally fall in open areas, causing little damage and fewer injuries.”

This defense of Hamas attacks comes up a lot. And it’s as dishonest as it is stupid.

The percentage of unsuccessful hits does not matter. Only the amount of successful hits does. Or to put it another way, suppose an attacker with an M4 on fully automatic opens fire and sprays the room. His erratic shooting spree leads to a lot of wasted ammunition causing far less damage and fewer injuries than if he had known what he was doing. Unfortunately six people are still dead as a result of that small percentage of bullets that did not end up in the ceiling, the walls or the floor.

And those are the only ones that really matter.

When a shooter opens fire in a mall, no media outlet reports that his killing spree was not a big deal because most of the rounds never hit anyone. The focus is on the hits that happen. Not the hits that doesn’t. The amount of total shots fired is completely irrelevant, except from a statistical point of view.

“You can safely bet the ranch on it: When a Washington Post writer dismisses thousands of rockets as not much more than “bee stings” on a “bear’s behind,” the country that is targeted with these rockets is Israel. The callous dismissal of the roughly 12 000 rockets and mortars that have been raining down on Israel’s south and its 1 million residents in the past 12 years – yes, on average a thousand attacks a year, ” Petra Marquadt-Bigman writes at the Algeimeiner.

Counting the amount of Hamas rockets that don’t hit their target is a pathetic attempt for excusing Hamas and for denouncing Israel.

  • whatthehell

    12,000 rockets indiscriminate barrage on Israeli civilians = "Bee Sting". A much belated Israeli retaliation targeting Hamas with surgical precision = "War crimes! Apartheid! Racism! Genocide! Massacre! Holocaust!". 40,000 dead in Syria = "Yawn". What else is new?…

  • Ghostwriter

    "Bee sting?" That's one heck of a bee!

  • Mary Sue

    More proof that leftist journalists' sense of proportion is all out of whack.

  • riverboatbill

    Killer bees.

  • PaulRevereNow

    The Washington Post should assign Patrick Pexton to their office in Beersheba; and he should get an office on the side of the building that faces Gaza. We'd see if he didn't change his tune about rockets having small explosive charges.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "But let’s be clear:"

    No, stop right there a-hole. You wouldn't know clarity under any circumstances short of sending you to school again starting from first grade elementary in a school with authenticated curriculum. These are mortal enemies, and the intention and potential is no less serious than what happened on September 11 in 2001 and 2012.

    Go to he11 you absurd appeasing apologist!

    • Mary Sue

      noticed that "let's be/I want to be very clear" tends to be a very common talking point buzzword with Obama and his administration. I wonder what's up with that.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "This defense of Hamas attacks comes up a lot. And it’s as dishonest as it is stupid."

    That one is a strong contender for understatement of the year. But in liberal land, if you hear it repeated often enough, that authenticates it in their virtual world of wishful thinking.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "The percentage of unsuccessful hits does not matter. Only the amount of successful hits does."

    I don't care if no single injury ever occurred, I'd destroy them all just for trying. Period. No apologies for my position.

    • jakespoon

      I guess he thinks it's no big deal if someone shoots at you and misses. He wouldn't stand for it in his neighborhood.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "Counting the amount of Hamas rockets that don’t hit their target is a pathetic attempt for excusing Hamas and for denouncing Israel."

    It's socially whitewashed antisemitism.

  • heymanj

    1,200 bee stings will deliver a toxic amount of poison to any living animal.

    Hamas now gets to improve it's rocket capabilities as it smuggles even more Iranian missiles into Gaza. Somehow, counting on Morsi's "good will" to enforce the anti-smuggling is even a bigger laugh than when Mubarak was charged with the same.

  • pyeatte

    It is really relative. The years past rocket attacks were quite damaging but recoverable. This latest attack was dealt with very well with the "Iron Dome" and proved that missile defense works in the field. This type technology will only get better, and rapidly. The Iron Dome itself is being upgraded to provide protection to 80 miles – not to mention the other longer range systems like "David's Sling" and "Arrow". What this means is Israel will be safe from all missile attacks very shortly, which will negate the Iranian threat with missiles.

  • BS77

    Hey Pexton…take a long walk on a short pier.

  • Edward Manning

    If some kids threw firecrackers at his house and yard this mope Paxton would go ballistic. Bee stings indeed.

  • Larry

    Yet another moron that is conflating arab incompetence with Israeli restraint.

    If the arabs weren't so (thankfully) incompetent they would be doing a lot more damage than they are. The fact that they are having trouble hitting an entire country doesn't mean they don't want to kill everybody in that country.

  • john spielman

    I wonder how Pexton would feel if those unguided rockets were fired at him?

  • Adf

    Finally one reporter isnt scared of the Zionist Nazi Regime!

    • jakespoon

      Surely you jest,if not join the above troll in going to hell,you deserve one another.

    • Chiggles

      You're an idiot. Kill youself.

  • http://www.needlawyerforus.com needlawyerforus

    the associated global impact? Oh well, I guess you are doing the right thing and yes it will be so awesome and cool.