â€œThe real Middle East terrorists?Look in the mirror. Weâ€™ll never face it becausethe media wonâ€™t level with us.â€ Thatwas the sub-header for aÂ Salon pieceÂ Saturday,which argued that America is intentionally slaughtering hugenumbers of innocent civilians, and the â€œcompliantmediaâ€ is covering up the truth.
Titled â€œâ€˜Sorry wekilled your familyâ€™: We are the terrorists inthe Middle East, and our compliant media will never tell thetruth,â€ the piece accused the United States of engagingin â€œWestern terrorism.â€ Thearticleâ€™s author, Dana E. Abizaid, suggests thatAmerica is intentionally killing journalists, hospital workers andRed Cross personnel, among countless other innocent civilians inthe Middle East. (RELATED:Â Did Hospital U.S. Bombed InKunduz Break International Laws?)
â€œSorry we killed yourfamilyâ€: If “terrorism” means killinginnocent civilians, the US are terrorists, too https://t.co/dggOCQTyNo
â€” Salon.com (@Salon) November 28,2015
Saturdayâ€™s article is justthe latest effort from Salon to argue that Americans are either thecause of terrorism or the terrorists themselves.
Two weeks ago, the day after Islamic extremists killed130 people in Paris, Salon ran a piece titled â€œOurterrorism double standard: After Paris, letâ€™sstop blaming Muslims and take a hard look atourselves.â€
Ben Norton, the author of that piece, argued that theIraq War — rather than radical Islam — was to blame forthe Paris attacks and claimed that Americansâ€™â€œknee-jerk Islamophobiaâ€ preventedthem from recognizing their own culpability. Islam, Norton argued,was simply a â€œscapegoatâ€ for theâ€œimperialist West.â€
Salon ran another America-bashing piece less than three weeksago, again blaming America for ISISâ€™satrocities. Phil Torres, the author of the piece, conceded thatâ€œit may be tempting to blamereligion,â€ before proceeding to blame the Iraq war forISISâ€™s cruelty.
Salonâ€™s bashing of Americansdoesnâ€™t appear to be a recent phenomenon,either.
Just last year, for example, the progressiveblogÂ ran a piece with the headlineâ€œWe are the terrorists too.â€ Thepiece attempted to make the case that actual terroristorganizations are no less â€œterroristâ€than the United States.
Earlier in 2014, Salon ran a piece with the title:â€œYouâ€™re being lied to aboutAfghanistan: The terrorists there include us.â€
That article defended Afghan President HamidKarzaiâ€™s decision to back out of agreements withthe U.S. because he was â€œright to cast theAmerican presence as a primary source of terror amongAfghans.â€